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Take some time as you begin to settle yourself, perhaps repeating a word (e.g., Jesus, hope, love, peace, etc.) or short phrase (e.g., Lamb of God; Come, Holy Spirit; have mercy; I’m listening, etc.) as a way of calming your mind.

Help us, O God, through your Holy Spirit, to hear your voice in our lives.  May we turn from all the background noise that distracts us from you and makes it harder to hear what you have to say to us.  Open our ears and our hearts that we might hear, embrace and live out what you have to say, testing what we hear in conversation and prayer with others.  We pray in the name of the one whose voice we know and follow, Jesus Christ, AMEN. 

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, paying attention to any phrase that might jump out at you.