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A  Friend Within

         Listening to Jesus speak through the scriptures

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“Without your Christian community you can become a boat without a rudder.”

A Friend Within, Page 213.

Only two minutes a day

The two minute reflection time is a practical way of becoming aware of the divine within you. Here are some of its advantages:

1  No matter what you are thinking or what you are doing, repeating the word Jesus can jump start your awareness of God. Your image of Jesus will help you to achieve this. They help you to become aware of the most important element of prayer - the God who is speaking to you.

2   You only need to read one verse. Any more can be distraction.

3   Use your imagination. It is your imagination which brings life and pleasure to so much of the  television, books, films and music which you enjoy. Just ponder over how close Jesus is to you. Let his presence bring a smile to your face.

4 The secret is to relax and to enjoy. There is no need to concentrate. No need to say anything. You  have an image of Jesus and you know a great deal about him. He is someone who is gentle and kind  and understands. Listen. He is speaking to you through the scriptures.  Smile a little. You often do that when a friend contacts you. Close your eyes if it helps. Just listen and wonder about his presence.  Be happy.

5  When you get distracted and just recall your image of Jesus and slowly repeat his name.