Invitation 2017 Series

The Invitation to Grieve

The Invitation to Grieve

To experience an emotion is not bad. Emotions are the warning lights on our dashboard. Just like a car, when the fuel light comes on you become aware that minor service may be needed. When the oil light comes on you may know a slightly more in depth service is needed. Becoming aware of our emotions is crucial. If we ignore them, like someone could ignore a fuel light, we will end up on the side of the road broken down. 

The Invitation to Pause

The Invitation to Pause

Lent is long enough to allow for missteps and resetting. But the hope is always to see Christ, to hear him: to hold this space and to be held by it.  In the void, when my western, noisy Christianity seeks for detailed direction, control and safety, I see myself again standing at the threshold, refusing to go further into the desert. 

The Invitation to Question

The Invitation to Question

This is a profound mystery. You’ve got questions? So often, it feels like Jesus doesn’t have answers. And when those answers are hard to come by, don’t panic. Listen. Be. Ask. And know that instead of answers, He offers something better than that. In the middle of our pain, doubt, and chaos, Jesus enters in and offers us what we really need, what no half-baked “answer” can duplicate: Presence.

The Invitation To Reflect: Insight, Truth, And Reflecting Jesus

The Invitation To Reflect: Insight, Truth, And Reflecting Jesus

The act of reflecting gives us time and space to hold up our life situations to the light of the Holy Spirit and scripture. In reflection we sift through experience to see the truth. In reflection we learn to articulate the truths we discover in our experiences.  Like the disciples, we can step away from the crowds with Jesus and ask, “What did all that mean?”