Sitting outside in the dark listening to the quieting down of an evening and the humming of the earth in its rhythmic slowing down paced kind of beat.
Life is not about running here and there, or filling up one's schedule or not having time to pay attention to others.
Although this whole 'thing' we are dealing with in this time has been a huge adjustment for me, when I 'see' the opportunities and when I 'listen' for the voices in need and when I reach out to touch another, the world appears a bit warmer.
In these times, there is a stretching and expanding and moving in the new, in the distinct and to start at the beginning of another day to make a difference.
Slowing down and not hurrying and not having to be here or there, but to cease this busy life and step back a bit and breathe deeply and ponder how shall I live now?
Entering into relationships through Zoom connects visually, spiritually, and emotionally. These are spaces where meaningful conversations occur, where questions are asked, and where the deeper things of life are explored.
Looking forward to gathering together with our Bible Study group Monday evening.
We finished up the book of Galatians a few weeks ago with our special guest, theologian Michael Hardin. Michael has a new book: Knowing God? Consumer Christianity and the Gospel of Jesus). Michael's heart beats the radical message of the gospel of Jesus. This gospel births life and fosters relationships, and builds community!
We are in our third week investigating the epistle to the Ephesians and contemplating a zoom conference for 3 days with N.T. Wright at the beginning of Fall.
I am in a new group having met new people and enjoying new relationships in an in-person group Wednesday evening. We meet socially distanced in a home living room of a couple we have recently met.
In this group, we are discussing conflicts. Conflicts with self, spouses, friends, church members, and in the wider realm of the institutional church.
Touching hearts and souls in unveiled vulnerability breaks open who is human and binds relationally to who is divine.
Reflecting tonight on God, faith, life, and relationships!
I 'see' the breath of God and I hear the Spirit say - "I am right here and I am calling you nearer to my love! I live inside your human frame and I am drawing you deeper into my heart. I am forever bound in you and you are eternal in the union in me and I am bringing you closer to my image.
It is the Lord who speaks life and it is the Lord who promised to never leave us and tonight, I am filled with gratitude, thankfulness, and hope in this risen life of Christ!