God in the Everyday
This weekend we hear from an SMC member Michelle Freitas who shared a powerful personal story about stopping to listen to God within during the everyday moments. She stressed a few things that are worth recapping:
When asked to tell a story of our faith journey, we can get nervous if it isn’t centered around some kind of a “mountain top” experience. What we really need is to be intentional about carving out time to silence ourselves and still our bodies and minds to hear God. After all, Jesus says “the kingdom of God is within you.” We should begin to cultivate the practice of looking for God who dwells within us and being attentive to the Divine voice, often gentle and subtle, but longing to hear from us. Think of is, as Michelle put it, as “taking time to visit with an old friend whom you can’t wait to see.”
With that in mind, we were challenged in Sunday’s program session to take one minute to share our story with a friend sitting next to us. For some it’s easy and for others it’s hard.
But think about it. What if someone asked you—a friend or a stranger at the grocery store—why you come to church or practice a certain spiritual path? Have you thought about what you’d say?
Michelle gave us a tip: Think about what in your spiritual life makes your heart full. Talk about that. Talk about what fills your heart to overflowing (that’s the Holy Spirit!) and start there. God will do the rest.
You won’t want to miss this coming Sunday 10/15 @ 9:10 in the chapel. We are going to pray intensely and intentionally, renew the promises of our baptism, and pray with each other using the ancient form of laying-on-of-hands to ask for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our lives and on our parish. Come, Holy Spirit!