Christians are allowed to experience and express sorrow, but they are often prevented from doing so. Marilyn Elliott shares some thoughts on the role of sorrow and lament in the Christian life.
In some confession liturgies, the congregation asks forgiveness because "we have not heard the cry of the needy." But, sometimes it can be really hard to listen. Karen Vine shares her experience of finding listening difficult.
Do you often experience people randomly telling you their entire life story? If there is an empty seat next to you, do people always seem to sit down and start talking? Do others often tell you their faith stories without necessarily being prompted? You may want to read this post! Laura Beach gives an explanation of what a Spiritual Director is and what they do, and she offers a great opportunity for training.
"The good news is that beneath this wilderness is the creative Spirit of God beckoning us toward transformation." Kathy Milans encourages us to stay the course and walk through the wilderness with Christ, trading the discomfort for transformation.
I was standing there watching people come forward who have become cherished family members to me, and I was dipping my thumb in this glass bowl of pitch black ashes—a symbol not only of penitence, but of mortality. I was making the sign of the cross on their foreheads. Some of them were weeping, but with all of them, the sense of heaviness was as palpable as the deep, familial love we shared.
Will you sit with the helpless ones and hear their cries even if you are powerless to break through the walls that bind them? Will you sit and ache with them so they don’t suffer alone? Will you honor the cries that no one else hears and give validity to their pain? Will you face death with a tenacious hope that resurrection is always possible?
United Theological Seminary recently hosted their 3rd Annual Light the Fire! Conference. The conference featured a dynamic group of theologians, counselors, biblical scholars and pastors...
Fire in the Fireplace http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=L4YiSoeQxps Divorcing Orthodoxy and Healing http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zl47zj-mnIA Does Your Church Need a Healing Ministry http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RAYOwNKDD9o Desire Spiritual Gifts http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=glMdAMdQIis Knowing Your Spiritual Gifts http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QVWyl8nHEYY Gifts of Healing http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BqNludIxhUE
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