“I have inscribed you” [bible/meditation]

‘I have Inscribed You’
A Prayer Station by Rhona Knight

Prince of Peace

“Strange peace maker,” the doubters say
“He’s helpless, sound asleep in hay.
Strange Prince of Peace without a throne
No title or treasure and far from home.”

“Strange Lord and King,” the doubters say;
“No robes, no be-jewelled signet ring,
Without a crown, not lifted up,
No feasting place or golden cup.”

“His peace will reign,” my faith replies,
“In Him eternity redeems time.
His peace defies the power of steel:
His life your fear of death can heal.”

Photograph taken by Sister Maureen SSF and used with permission.
Prince of Peace by Andrew Hawes from Collected Poems 1970-2014
Used with the poet’s permission.

Find a place to sit quietly.

• You may like to spend some time just listening to the sounds around you.

• Focus on these sounds, one by one.

• Now focus on the sound within you,
your breathing, your heartbeat, your thoughts.

• Let yourself come to a place of rest.

• Be aware of God’s loving eyes watching over you.

• As you pray ask God for the grace to be more
aware of his compassion for you and for the world

Sculpture by Rory Geoghegan, St Beunos

You might like to listen to the song
Mary did you know?

Read this passage from Isaiah. What words or phrases strike you?

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me
my Lord has forgotten me.”

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?

Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.

Isaiah 49:14-16
New Revised Standard Version

Read these words from Isaiah again slowly.
Stay with one of the words or phrases that catches you and hold it in the stillness before God.

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me
my Lord has forgotten me.”

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?

Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.

See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.

Isaiah 49:14-16
New Revised Standard Version

Final Reflection

What thoughts, feelings and images have emerged in this time of prayer?
How has the Spirit been at work in your heart as you have prayed?
Where do you want to see or feel God’s compassion?
Ask Jesus for this and give thanks.
You might like to jot down what has emerged from your prayer time in a journal.

Sculpture by Rory Geoghegan
St Beunos