Opening to Transformation

by Beth A Richardson on June 29, 2014 · 32 comments

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By Flora Slosson Wuellner

The Christ stands among us in risen power. Relax your body, your heart in that presence. Breathe slowly and deeply the breath of the new life. Then just breathe naturally.

With the knowledge that God’s tenderness enfolds you, ask yourself if something within you is afraid, even of God. Does some part of you want to hide behind closed doors, away from intimacy, away from new ways of being healed, new ways of living? Is there something in you that does not want to be looked at?

Picture or just think of that part of you hiding like Jesus’ disciples in the locked room, seeking protection from something that is hard to face. Does this wish to hide stem from some shock, fear, betrayal of trust, abuse, fear of rejection? an incident long ago or recent?

Think of or picture that locked place as filled with gentle light, with a presence that does not force open the door but still is with you, bringing comfort. This presence may feel like someone you know and utterly trust.

Warmth fills you. The fear and reluctance begin slowly to move away. The door is still locked. You are free to choose. But the door itself is being healed. You are not rebuked or shamed. Trust often grows slowly.

A gift is already being given you — God’s own Spirit. God believes in you and says: “When you are ready to come forth, I have special work for you, special places for you to go. And I will be with you at every step.”

Rest and breathe quietly, letting the light and the empowered gift begin to grow in your inner room, in your heart.

If you feel ready, let that inner, hidden part of you open the door and come forth. If you are not yet ready for this step, know that the healing light will continue to shine in quiet power in your room until the lock itself is healed. When the time is right, you will move forth in hope and joy.

Rest quietly, giving thanks that God’s healing and transforming light already shines deep within you.
When you are ready, notice your steady, quiet breathing. Lightly massage your face and hands, and gently leave your meditation.

From Miracle by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 2008 by the author. Used with permission from Upper Room Books.

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Diana Nielsen July 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

This is a big gift today. The reminder that God will be with me every step is powerful. This is yet another time of painful transition for me and I am comforted by these words. Thanks Beth!

Beth Richardson July 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Prayers and blessings for you today.


Mary L Maloney August 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

Hi Beth, August is a time that we look forward in our group to whether we can still do traditional planned events. A lot of discussion has been going on, a lot of negatives are heard. I myself have had to learn to say “No”. But it is still about choice for all. I pray God’s guidance and wonder if sharing a meditation like this with others may help in the discussion process??? Thank you always for your work, sharing and resources! My Love and prayers always, Mary Maloney

Eric Spruth-Janssen December 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

Feeling the warming welcome to have even the locked door surrounded in Gods healing light is a blessing for me – a new start in that ongoing life healing. Thank you

Debbie June 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

Quite beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Becki September 5, 2016 at 6:33 am

This morning’s Bible study was the first chapter of Joshua where in verse 9, I was reminded to be courageous and unafraid because the Lord our God is always with me. How perfectly your meditation ties into that verse. Thank you for another reminder of God’s presence in our lives, even when we forget to look for him.

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