11:12 PM - Guidepost Magazine Teaching Children to Blaspheme God
As I perused the magazine I landed on an article by Anna Gentile, a hospital chaplain. The article was about Guideposts and Gentile's work with sick children. In the first paragraph she wrote:
“Put your hand on your chest,” I tell the young patients in the hospital where I work. “Can you feel your heartbeat?” They nod. “Now, with each beat, you can say, ‘I am, I am, I am.'” That prayer, addressed to the great “I Am,” is at the beginning of the journal in each Guideposts for Kids Comfort Kit I give out, and I can't begin to tell you how much comfort it gives.” – Happy Birthday, Sparkle, Anna Gentile, Guideposts, July 2016
I believe that Christ is pleased when we care for and minister to little children whether they are sick or not. However, giving toys to sick children and teaching them to say “I am, I am, I am,” to God is spiritually equivalent to handing them poisoned candy. The practice smacks of Contemplative Prayer. During Contemplative Prayer the individual may count his or her breaths and chant a word or phrase.
Gentile, who helped put together Guideposts Kid's Comfort Kit, is a chaplain certified by The Council of Churches of The City of New York. On her LinkedIn profile she states that she is “a poet, and spiritual director who uses creative forms of compassionate care for healing in the crisis culture of hospitals.” A spiritual director is in essence a New Age guru who teaches Spiritual Formation, especially contemplative Prayer. Contemplative Prayer is not prayer but very similar to the Yoga practice of Transcendental Meditation. Because it involves an altered state of consciousness, it is an open door for demon possession.