“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” — Madeleine L’Engle
Have you ever met someone you could describe as “showing…a light so lovely” that you wanted to “know the source of it”? That you wanted to be connected to it in the same way? When I have encountered such people it has come as no surprise that they regularly incorporate spiritual practices in their lives. For one who meditated and read scripture daily, a weekly massage was also part of their spiritual practice. The physical touch attending to the stressed and sore parts of their body reminded them to pay attention to their body as a holy and blessed gift. For another, being outdoors for hikes or sitting by a lake gave them a sense of connection to God’s creative presence in the world and in them. And for yet another, gathering with friends with whom they could “be myself 100%” made them feel restored. Each of these individuals considered their practices as a form of prayer. They were activities that increased their awareness of and connection to the Holy.
Spiritual practices that enable our awareness and connection to the holy vary from person to person. They can even change for us over time. A practice that at one time was helpful may no longer help now. The beauty is that there is not only one way to connect with God. If you are seeking practices for your life, you may find 50 Ways to Pray by Teresa Blythe a good resource to start. Also, our new weekly offering, Sacred Space, grants a time for exploring spiritual practices to nourish the “light that is so lovely” within us. It is a time for care and nurture of our spirit, heart, and mind. I hope you will be able to stop by on Zoom or in person to fuel your light, to repair your soul, and receive God’s gifts.