After stilling myself and allowing the busy-ness of my mind to settle, I consciously place myself before the Lord, and ask for the grace to open my heart, body and mind to his presence. I turn to the psalm and begin by slowly reading and repeating the response: ‘Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.’ I let these words settle deep into my being.
As I listen to the words, what do I notice in my body and soul? Which part of me longs to be healed? When I am ready, I pray with the rest of the psalm, slowly reading each line, pausing and listening to the deepest needs of my body, mind and soul. What do I hear? To where is my attention drawn?
In this moment, I place any hurt, wounds, needs or longings before our loving God. God knows ... God listens … God heals ... I listen to what God wants me to hear, and I close my prayer with my own words of gratitude.
Glory be to the Father ...