A new ministry is starting that will be very much about welcoming the message of God in the midst of our suffering, as well as in good times.
It’s a ministry where we listen to God for each other.
It has elements of guided meditation, contemplative prayer, and group study. Listening to God for each other is like seeking the Holy Spirit in the little space between each other where we attempt to understand someone sharing something. Knowing that it can be near impossible to succeed, but the answer must be in the attempt.
In our discernment practice, we will listen closely to that quiet space between us and support each other in sharing what God may be leading us to in our lives. Here is an example of a moment of contemplative prayer:
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, relax, and quiet yourself. Be in love and faith to God. Listen for the sound of the leader’s voice.
Listen to your breath. Feel the breath enter and leave through your nose. Feel your chest rise and fall. Let the breath support your intention to be in the Lord’s presence and open to His divine action within you. Continue to follow your breath.
Now move your attention from the audible voice and listen to the space in between us, in which another voice may speak.
(pause 30sec…….. or longer if you are used to stillness)
God is with us. In me, and in you, and most of all in this little space in between.
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change; courage to change the things we can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as we would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right, if we surrender to His will.
That we may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
Once again in these days where we have to be careful for ourselves and ‘neighbour’ this group will be meeting over Zoom.