January 24th, 2019 | Daniel Read
Today marks the beginning of a series where we will unfold our communities guiding values. April Karli starts off the series with a discussion on transformation.
Transformation: We engage in spiritual practices that followers of Jesus have done for centuries. Through discipleship, we seek to encounter God together in new ways for the purpose of becoming mature apprentices of Jesus.
Scripture: John 1:35-42 & John 21:15-17.
“It is easy to mislead people into thinking that they can move themselves to the next stage by just … setting their mind to it. Nothing could be further from the truth. The journey of faith is our personal journey, and movement on the journey is the place of mystery, holy ground. Moving from one stage to another reverences timing. It involves bringing our response in sync with God’s grace in our lives. God does not make us move. God’s grace allows us to move.”Janet O. Hagberg: The Critical Journey
Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough,
Have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?
I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.Mary Oliver, The Gardener
Actually, I probably think too much.
Then I step out into the garden,
Where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,
is tending his children, the roses.