Then Jesus came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.’
The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’
The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. 52 So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, ‘Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.’ 53 The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live.’ So he himself believed, along with his whole household.
Conversation: When you come towards the end of your time of prayer, talk to
Jesus about what has come up for you.
Imagine how he might reply.
A Prayer: End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord's Prayer/Our Father
Though there are no simple ways to guarantee a complete healing of past hurts, there are ways that may well, with God's grace, bring an element of healing and acceptance.
This way of praying can be of help if you believe that you are loved by God. (If you have your doubts, don't use it!)
In the prayer exercise below I will talk of 'God' but you may imagine God as Jesus, or the Father, or like many Christians may go first to the Mary the Mother Jesus, or another saint. Whoever you find easiest to engage with; imagine you are with them and talking to them.
Take time to pray with today's reading;
or you may like to ponder on the meditation.
Healing of memories