Thursday, March 18, 2010

Do you have a Spiritual Practice?

"The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him" (John 6:63-64).

How do you feed the Spirit within You?

Each of us has our reasons for wanting to start this spiritual journey. Perhaps you have experienced some kind of awakening and know that your life will never be the same. If you were raised in the Christian faith you may have come to a point when you want to dip into the spiritual river that flows through all the traditions. But most of us, frankly, are drawn to spirituality because, as a doctor might say, certain symptoms are "presenting."

You might feel that something is missing in your life, something you desperately want. You could be longing for inspiration. Or community. Or quality time. You could be in pain and in need of healing. You could be feeling happy and grateful and compelled to give something back to God. You could be facing a crisis and know that how you handled such situations in the past won't be enough this time. You could be burned out. You could be worried about your loved ones or frightened about the very real dangers in the world. You could be sensing that your life could be more meaningful but not know how to go about making it so.

Take heart! These real-life feelings, challenges, and experiences are just what spiritual practices are for. Defined simply, spiritual practices are activities we do to move into deeper relationships with God.

God continually tries to draw us into relationship with himself, but we may not listen to God unless we experience a lifechanging event and know we cannot handle it on our own. God then picks us up, welcomes us, and helps us to walk with him on a road of his choosing. The road we are meant to travel. "Be not afraid"!

Peace and Love,

"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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