How very strange that the Prayer of Examen (Examen comes from the Latin and refers to the tongue, or weight indicator, on a balance scale, hence conveying the idea of an accurate assessment of the true situation) has been lost to us in an age of obsessive introspection. It is actually possible today for people to go to church services week in and week out for years without having a single experience of spiritual examen. What a tragedy! What a loss! No wonder people today are weak. No wonder they are barely hanging on.
How much richer and fuller is the biblical witness. The Psalmist declares, ‘Yahweh, you examine me and know me’ (Ps 139:1). King David – who ought to know – witnesses, ‘The Lord searches every mind, and understands every plan and thought’ (1 Chron. 28:9). And the Apostle Paul reminds us that ‘the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God’ (1 Cor. 2:10). And on it goes. These folk of faith knew the examen of God, and they experienced it not as a dreadful thing but as something of immeasureable strength and empowerment.
So what is this Prayer of Examen? It has two basic aspects, like the two sides of a door. The first is an examen of consciousness through which we discover how God has been present to us throughout the day and how we have responded to his loving presence. The second aspect is an examen of conscience in which we uncover those areas that need cleansing, purifying and healing.
In the examen of consciousness we prayerfully reflect on the thoughts, feelings and actions of our days to see how God has been at work among us and how we responded. Perhaps in the glorious sunrise of this morning God was shouting out to us his love of beauty and inviting us to share in it, but we were too sleepy or distracted to participate. Maybe we responded to the Divine Whisper to write a letter or call a friend on the telephone, and the results of our simple obedience were nothing short of startling.
The examen of consciousness is the means God uses to make us more aware of our surroundings. Have you ever noticed how frequently the Bible urges us to remember? Remember the covenant God made with Abraham. Remember how Yahweh delivered his people from the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Remember the kingdom promise to David. Remember the heir of David whose body was broken and whose blood was poured out. In the bread and the wine remember…remember Calvary.
In the examen of conscience we are inviting the Lord to search our hearts to the depths. Far from being dreadful this is a scrutiny of love. We boldly speak the words of the Psalmist, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting’ (Ps. 139:23-24). Without apology and without defence we ask to see what is truly in us. It is for our own sake that we ask these things. It is for our good, for our healing, for our happiness. (Vanuit: Prayer deur Richard Foster, bl 27-29)
GEDAGTE VIR DIE WEEK Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself ~ St John Vianney
Elizabeth C – kanker
Piet G – beroerte – sy toestand is onveranderd – bid ook vir Sannie wat hom versorg
André S – ontvang binne-aarse chemo
Thomas G – ondergaan toetse – bloedverlies en ystertelling baie laag – veroorsaak moegheid en kortasem
Alta C – kolonkanker
Elize E – borskanker – groeisel het verklein
Abrie C – kolonkanker – ontvang chemo pille
Koos V – dementia
Corrie vZ – longkanker
… hulle werk verloor het.
… mense wat dwelm- en drank probleme het, asook dié wat aan depressie ly.
… vir dele van ons land wat steeds gebuk gaan onder droogte.
Dra asseblief die NID, Dowes en persone met gehoorverlies in u gebede op.
ANDER LANDE (Vanuit: Die Saaier)
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Sirië: Dank die Here vir die ondersteuning wat ons die afgelope jaar ontvang het. Dank die Here vir sy Heilige Woord en vir die verspreiding daarvan na al die gebiede in ons land danksy die ongelooflike poging van ons vrywilligers.
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