I mentioned making a card for each day and before October started I prayed over them, put them in an order and stuck with it (other than the unexpected, but welcome, interruption in the flow with my post over at SheLoves: Jesus Loves Fighting More Than Football).
This week we are pausing and creating space for our spirits to reflect on the month we’ve had. To allow the Spirit a moment to speak into our lives.
In the messy middle of life we are called to hold the tension of the already and not yet. Just this week I have eaten delicious meals, danced with abandon in Zumba, shared words of encouragement, and been reminded of the fragility of life. A former Sichuan province mate died, leaving a wife and three young, young children. I want to ask, Oh death where is your sting?! But I know where it is. Already, not yet. Yes, that about sums it up.
Here’s a list of the reminders. If you’re like me, you’ve grown accustom to scanning more posts than you used to. Could I ask you to fight the urge to quickly move on? This is an invitation to slow down and remember. Dear Spirit we invite you to remind us of the true depth and richness of Eden. The ways in which we see and taste it now and the ways we anticipate. Thank you. Amen.
Love —Satisfaction—Extravagance—Freedom—Belonging—Recreation—Truth—Trust—Purity—Submission—Stewardship—Unity—Kindness—Blamelessly—With abandon—Acceptance—Celebration—Faith—Generosity—Joy—Purpose—Empathy—Rhythm—Hope—Elation—Esteem—Healthy—Peace—Secure (in our being)—Wanted/Desired/Picked/Seen.
My spirit quicken looking at the list and I am called back to myself.
Which reminders moved you? Challenged you? You disagree with? Which was particularly timely?
Every comment this week will be added to a drawing on Saturday for a set of Holly’s cards (your choice). Following Janet and Holly’s generosity on this project, every comment will be an entry. If you wonder what we’re up to this week, we’re sitting on benches :).