And the Walls Came Down

Sit quietly in the presence of the Lord. As you inhale, feel God breathe love into you. Follow this love as travels through your nose and into your lungs. Feel God's love diffuse into your blood. Feel your blood carry God's love to every part of your body. As you exhale, share your love with the world.

Continue this breathing--this exchange of love between lover and the beloved for a few moments.

May Holy Spirit's presence open you to God's Word. Read this passage at a slow pace:

Now Jericho was shut up inside and out because of the Israelites; no one came out and no one went in. The Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have handed Jericho over to you, along with its king and soldiers. You shall march around the city, all the warriors circling the city once. Thus you shall do for six days, with seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, the priests blowing the trumpets. When they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and all the people shall charge straight ahead.” (Joshua 6:1-5)

As you sit with God's word, ask yourself: What grace do I need today in my life, at this very moment? That is, what do I need to be free from fear and anger so I can be free for love?

Listen closely for what your heart tells you. If your mind drifts, gently reread the Scripture and return to this question.

Now, imagine the walls of a great city--imagine the walls of Jericho--rising between you and the grace that you need. What is the wall between you and that grace? Is it an attachment to your self-image, your sense of self-worth? Is it an attachment to an ideology? Is it an attachment to your own sense of unworthiness, a sense of shame or some other vulnerability that you might be trying to hide?

Finally, imagine a great horn blast piercing your ears. Imagine the thundering as the walls fall; imagine the trembling as the earth shakes. Shout with your heart to God: Lord, my heart is open to your grace! Let it be done to me according to your will!

Sit in stillness and listen. Listen to God listening. Notice any feelings that come to you at this time. Imagine Jesus standing among ruins of the fallen wall. Maybe he is stepping over the rubble; maybe he is sitting on a large piece of stone. Share your feelings with him. Talk to him as you would a close, intimate friend. How does he respond?

When you feel ready, complete this meditation with a silent prayer of gratitude.

For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
— Matthew 17:20