Wednesday, May 13, 2009

In Line With The Spirit

In Line With The Spirit - Staying On Track

In a world where we have routines for nearly everything, our route to work, our physical fitness regimen, and our weekday schedule, it's amazing how often we forget to create a routine for meeting our spiritual needs. We run around in an attempt to be at our many appointments on time and meet our many obligations. In our efforts to be as productive as possible, however, our spiritual needs tend to take a backseat. After all, taking care of our spiritual needs doesn't directly pay the bills or tone our abdominal muscles. We may even wonder who has time to meditate or write in their journal when there are more pressing matters to tend to. The truth is that nurturing ourselves spiritually is what gives us the energy and grounding that we need to make sure that our lives stay on track in order for us to be productive at home, work, or the gym.

How we choose to nurture ourselves spiritually is a personal choice. For some people, meditating once a day may be what is needed to stay centered. Writing in a journal allows us to stay tuned in to our feelings. Having a routine for nurturing our spirit that we do each day feeds energy to our souls and can serve us well if our life suddenly takes an unexpected turn into a difficult period. This kind of routine grounds our spirit in our body so that we move through each day.

The Book of Common Prayer offers the Daily Office, which is a wonderful way to prayerfully meditate. This can be time consuming for some of us and become a daunting chore. However, The Book of Common Prayer also offers Daily Devotions, beginning on page 137. These are brief devotions that take only a moment. There is one for Morning, Noon, Early Evening, and Compline.

Prayer is a very special gift. It is one that can neither be lost nor taken away. I am thankful when I am asked to pray for someone, as it is an invitation for me to be intimately close with God and it connects evangelism to the work of the Holy Spirit.

Each morning, I receive a Bible Verse followed by a reflective thought and a prayer. I have a list of names to which I forward this to by email. As I do so, I pause briefly with each name and I think of that person. That is a moment when a beautiful verse from Scripture resonates from within.

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
The Lord lift his countenance upon you,and give you peace
Numbers 6:24-26

I welcome you to join this list and to offer it to others who might like to benefit from such an enriching addition to their daily routine. Please email me with the name of each person and an email address. Including the name helps me to be intentional in prayer for each person.

With love & light,


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