This past week my coursework at Fordham ended. My final presentation was made. Final class was held. Capstone paper was turned in.
During our final class we were asked to check in with our bodies and take notice of what we were feeling - then to ask God about it. For me, I was feeling tired - which seemed normally. It has been a whirlwind of a summer. But when I invited God into that feeling, everything changed. All of a sudden I realized that I was tired because I had been saying goodbye all day - finishing up another course earlier in the day.
When we invite the Holy in, things can be revealed and transformed. I wonder what God may be waiting for you to invite the Holy into for your life
I'm wrapping up a 13-month course I have been part of at Fordham focusing on the supervision of spiritual directors. There are five students in our cohort, and each has been presenting on a topic that they feel is critical to the supervision of spiritual directors.
This week one of my colleagues presented on stages of faith development and it got me thinking about transitions. Why transitions? Because it is often when there is an external circumstance in our world that leads to internal reflection and revaluation that we grow in faith.
Thinking back on my own life some of the largest shifts in faith have happened when I went to college, transferred schools, lost a loved one, and started ministry. But that's just in my life.
What has caused growth along your spiritual journey and how do you bear witness to it?
I will be the first to admit that patience is not my strong suit. If I say that I'm going to do something, I try to get it done quickly.
So needless to say, the fact that I have been waiting for a closet to be cleaned out for worship supplies for over a year is not a recipe for me to be happy. There are a lot of factors going into this uncleaned closet, but most of it boils down to the statement that "we will get around to it."
Too many of us have that same approach to our spiritual lives - we will "get around to it" - when we have more time, or attention, or.... fill in the blank.
But what would it look like to actually have a sense of attention to our spiritual lives? What if we so highly valued them that we made our souls a priority? What would the shape of our lives be then?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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