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Activity Guidance – Letter to God: Week 1

1-letterfromgodWeek 1 Activity: Write a Letter to God
Slowly writing out our words of love for another person can be a meditative practice that connects us in a deep way. This week, spend some time hand-writing a letter to God.  What would you say? How might you express your love for God in words?

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The first week, as we reflect on the meaning of our baptism, we are invited to participate in the meditative activity of writing a “Letter to God.” What might you say to God in response to this good news that you are valued and loved?

Transcript: In this first week of our program, we’ve been introducing the “Five Marks of Love,” the Five Marks of Mission that characterize the lives of the people of God, and which reflect God’s mission in the world.  Each week we offer an exercise for you to do, a reflective, meditative exercise that will bring you in touch with the goals of that week.  In this first week, we’ve been exploring the meaning of our baptism – exploring the fact that we’ve been claimed by God, and loved by God, and that we are marked as Christ’s own forever.

The exercise that we’re inviting you to do this first week is to write a letter to God.  A letter that expresses your love for God, your gratitude for having received the love of God in your baptism, and having been claimed and marked as Christ’s own forever.  So we invite you to ponder what might you say to God in response to this Good News that you belong, that you are valued and loved, that you are treasured and forever held by God’s love.  How can you respond?  How would you respond?  What words would you use to respond to this initiative of God claiming you as God’s own?  So write just a short letter and express some of your feelings and thoughts to God.

– Br. David Vryhof


  1. Lauraray on March 9, 2017 at 07:28

    The sample confirms I am not alone in my thoughts. I was reluctant to write because I was afraid I didn’t have enough room to question God. Now knowing I can simply thank God for continuing to be my center is helpful.

  2. Clint Dodson, S Luke's Wenatchee, WA. on March 7, 2017 at 17:36

    Dear Good (God is creation and Father of) Jesus especially and personally I feel I’m valued and loved by your Spirit. This is Jesus’ mission. I pray with you Jesus as I sit facing a crucifix with Buddha also beside me for help with mindfulness of my out breath and lucid dreaming to face attacks in nightmares. By your blood you are close to my wounded heart, Jesus. (Christ to me is your spiritual body). I see your Good at work in us humans to heal. Go in peace and love to serve.Thanks.

    • (continuing) Clint Dodson on March 8, 2017 at 11:29

      So, how? by P: Perceiving, what you and I are seeing; E: by Emoting: you and I are feeling; by A: what we’re Asking for; so C: this Calls for by you and I; and E: Embracing all in love by you and I. –Thanks you,Jesus (and Rosenberg’s non-violent communication, and my acronyms for PEACE in summary and St Basil for ‘Embracing’ is ministry.

  3. Marge on February 28, 2017 at 19:10

    I am thankful for all the wonderful things he has done for me spiritually. My prayers have been answered. I try to live a spiritual life but at times I lose my patience especially during this nasty election year. It is sad when your parish priest expresses his political beliefs. I believe in church and state. . God is good to us so I will continue to my own thinking.

    • Edan on March 1, 2017 at 14:54


      Politics existed in the bible just as politics still exist today. Meeting together to discuss God’s word, just as I am expressing my opinion to you here, today, on this blog; may be the first step in a journey where; it is politic of Christ that enlightens the soul.

  4. Bill Vogel on February 27, 2017 at 22:15

    Lord, I have been privileged to be trusted by a neighbor to hear his past struggles and his pains that persist, and to sense his hope for a life for him and his family that is connected to a greater meaning and peace. Give me the wisdom to guide him to you and your purposes so that he will make good choices in his challenges and find a deep, sustaining joy and peace through knowledge of your many expressions of grace and love.

    • Edan on March 1, 2017 at 14:30


      Yours is one of God’s greatest gifts to us; seen here in your story; still in tact; the same gift observed at the moment of every birth, a hand reaching out to another. This is God’s will.

  5. Edan on February 27, 2017 at 12:07

    In my opinion all God expects is that we work to live our lives as the characters (real people, [protagonists and even antagonists in some situations]) recorded in the bible did a long time ago. These people are role models that survived often extremely difficult times, through God’s grace.

  6. Stan on February 26, 2017 at 19:47

    Lord, your love for me is unbounded; the blessings you have bestowed upon me are so abundant. How can I ever reciprocate? All I can do is to do my best to live my life for you, yet … I don’t always have the knowledge how or the strength to follow … I love your love, and I will do my best to be deserving. Please help me and give me the strength and wisdom to follow You without straying too far off the path …

  7. Gail Alsobrook on February 26, 2017 at 13:16

    It’s wonderful to be greeted with a smile! It wakes me up wither I am just crawling out of bed are walking into a shop. I am looking for a smile and usually go in with a smile on my face
    Fortunately my husband greets me with a wonderful smile!

    • Edan on February 27, 2017 at 12:11

      It sounds like a smile represents or perhaps is synonymous with The Holy Spirit being present in your life in some way. I get that same feeling of joy when bread and wine is blessed, or when I read a few lovely words like the words you just wrote.

  8. Ruth West on February 25, 2017 at 20:01

    I am very thankful that someone recognized me as a friendly person today. Thank you, Dear God.
    The young person flashed a smile as I was walking into a place of business. I am so glad I noticed and could respond with a smile. Thank you, Dear God.

    • Edan on February 27, 2017 at 12:01

      It is nice to hear this story. Many young people don’t really know what the older generation is doing or thinking and there is often not much connection.

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