Palms Up/Palms Down – Monday, April 18th

Today in worship we participated in the Palms Up/Palms Down exercise. In essence, it is a form of worshipful meditation that involves your head, heart, and hands.

First, quiet your mind and be still before the LORD. For some of us this will be easy; for others, this might feel impossible! That is ok… Just remind yourself that God is there with you and wants to bless you.

Second, close your eyes and just be. Think back through your day/week/etc., thinking about things that have been wonderful or tough.

Third, sit with your hands held together facing down. Think about all the things you are holding onto: hurt, anger, pain, remorse, guilt, etc. All of that baggage we tend to carry around with us and that we are afraid of letting go of. Put some of those things in your mind. If you are willing, after a time, open your hands and release that thing(s) to God. In prayer, ask God to take this burden(s) from you.

Fourth, turn your hands over, palms facing up and hands open. Remind yourself that God gives good gifts to his children. Ask God to bless you with what you need; peace, comfort, encouragement, perseverance, strength, love, grace, mercy, your daily bread… The list is endless! It is about what you need. Maybe the best way to ask is simply to tell God, “You know what I need better than I do…”

Fifth, thank God for the blessings he is bringing to your life. Give glory to God, and thank him for his goodness.

 

Today, try thinking back on a frustration from today. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but something that troubled you or angered you. Maybe it was a person, an event, a situation, an emotional response. Trying letting that go and giving it over to God.

Remember the words of 1 Peter 5:6-7 — “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

God bless you today!