The Seven Sacred Pauses
In Christ I am renewed. I embrace Your mercies for this day and with creation I arise and delight in You. I trust in Your grace to sustain me and Your truth to guide me. I walk by faith, not by sight. I am filled with joy, knowing I am Yours and You are mine. I live as a child of light. May Your face shine on me and may Your blessings fall on me, that the world may be covered in signs of Your love.
2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Lamentations 3:22,23; Psalm 19:1-4; John 1:14b; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 12:9; John 16:13; Song of Songs 2:16; Ephesians 5:8; Numbers 6:24-26; Matthew 5:44,45.
In Christ my work, the stuff of earth - vocation, relationship, and community - is sacred. I work fearlessly and lovingly with all my heart for You, knowing I have a Master in Heaven.
1 Thessalonians 4:11,12; Colossians 3:17,23; Proverbs 31:13,17; Ecclesiastes 5:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 John 4:18,19; Nehemiah 6:6-9; Colossians 4:1
Noon or Early Afternoon
In Christ I have all I need for life and godliness.
I put on love and rest because Your grace is sufficient for me.
I use my freedom to serve humbly and watch to love my neighbor.
I refresh myself with You, the Lover of my soul.
You are my Lord of Peace.
2 Peter 1:3; Colossians 3:14; 1 John 4:7;
2 Corinthians 12:9-12; Galatians 5:13,14; Song of Songs 2:10,13;
2 Thessalonians 3:16
End of the WorkDay
In Christ I bring You glory by finishing the work You gave me to do with perseverance, purity, and love. I run the race set out for me and fight the good fight of faith. I remember You as the One who gives me my abilities.
John 17:4; John 4:34; Ephesians 2:10; James 1:4; Ephesians 5:1-4; Hebrews 12:1; 2 Timothy 4:7; Deuteronomy 8:17,18 & 6:12
Evening, the Examen
In Christ I boldly rest in God’s forgiveness, affection, restoration,
and instruction. In Christ, I am free. I make the Scriptures my home and my soul ages like fine wine with the lessons of the day. I have the wisdom and riches of God in Christ.
1 John 1:9; Psalm 32:1-5; Psalm 130; Psalm 103:1-18; Song of Songs 4:7; Revelation 1:5,6; Psalm 19:12,13; Psalm 52:8; Jeremiah 17:8; Galatians 5:13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 1 Corinthians 1:24
Late Evening or Bedtime
In Christ I create space for prayer. I pray intentionally, intercede thankfully, and listen earnestly. I release my anxieties into His care. I fix my thoughts on Jesus and all that is lovely and true.
Matthew 14:22-33; Luke 5:16; Psalm 139:23,24; Psalm 20 Philippians 4:6,7; Hebrews 1:2; Hebrews 3:1; 1 Peter 5:7;
Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 4:8
In the Night
In Christ I hold hands with trust and surrender,* lean into the still, quiet darkness, and grow wise. I pray for those in grim, fearful, godless places in the world, asking You for Your heart to be with them, Your hand to rescue them, Your face to shine upon them, and Your hope to be in them, for You are the God who sees. I hold firmly to the faith I profess.
Psalm 63:6-8; Psalm 86:5,15; Psalm 22; Numbers 6:24,25; Psalm 144:5,7; John 10:28; Revelation 1:16; Romans 5:3-5; Hebrews 4:13; Genesis 16:13; Jeremiah 23:24; Hebrews 4:14 &10:23
*phrase worded by Macrina Weidekehr
Day Sketch: What did you do today? Sketch it out briefly.
Clarity and Review: Pray for clarity, then with the Holy Spirit, review your day from His point of view.
Thankfuls (“consolations”): For what are you thankful? When did you experience God’s grace and goodness?
Questions: Ask one or two of the questions (see the Questions tab ... lots to choose from). Listen attentively. What is He saying to you?
Confession: Confess any failures, realizations about yourself and God, new understandings. Where did you fail or fracture (“desolations”)? On the positive side, what can you declare about your heavenly Father?
Longings, Lessons, Looking Forward, Resolutions: What do you hope for, what do you long for? What are you looking forward to? Are there key lessons you learned today that drew you closer to the Trinity, or resolutions for tomorrow? Record them and be at peace.