There is an amount of uncertainty in life just in general. These days, with the COVID-19 virus, the unrest caused by racism and violence perpetrated on those who protest against it, as well as government decisions that threaten the lives of LGBTQ and other marginalized persons, uncertainty is the rule rather than the exception. In dealing with the discomfort we may feel toward the mundane daily uncertainty, it is relatively easy to remind ourselves not to lose heart and to put our trust in God to get us through it.
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I get how tiring just being in the world is right now, particularly for those who feel deeply--how can you not pick up on what people throw out in the world, emotionally or energetically, even when it is not intentionally meant to cause extra distress? I think the undercurrent of fear and anxiety permeates everything, just like another form of virus--it seeps into ads that pop up, saturates social media and news, and just worms its way into the subconscious by the changes needed in how we encounter the world.
1) Listening of any sort is good. There are times we need to listen to judge, evaluate, compare, and separate. Listening to hear - that is listening with the heart, listening with the whole of who you are, listening to that of God within you as you listen to that of God in the other - is blessed. It arises in relationship and brings wholeness. It deepens faith and nurtures community.
2) Quakerism is a listening spirituality. That is, listening (what I have been calling listening to hear) is the pattern for Quaker faith and practice.
1. What does it mean to forgive?
Old English forgiefan "give, grant, allow; remit (a debt), pardon (an offense); also "give up" and "give in marriage;" "to give up desire or power to punish" (late Old English)
- Image of the open hand that offers a gift.
- Forgiveness is not just about saying "I'm sorry." That is the expression of a feeling, not a decision to let go.
I. Fore-giving and taking back
- We often "for-give" and then later, we "take-back."
- It's human nature to let go of anger and resentment one moment and be triggered to take them back the next moment.
- How do we reconcile our need to forgive someone, (who may be no longer in touch with us, who may have passed on, or with whom we must interact every day) with our need to resolve our hurt and anger (justice for ourselves also precedes love!)?
Be still and cool in thy own mind and spirit from thy own thoughts, and then thou wilt feel the principle of God to turn thy mind to the Lord God, whereby thou wilt receive his strength and power from whence life comes, to allay all tempests, against blusterings and storms. That is it which moulds up into patience, into innocency, into soberness, into stillness, into stayedness, into quietness, up to God, with his power. George Fox, 1658
Ways We Repent
I. Definition of Repentance
The repentance (metanoia) called for throughout the Bible is a summons to a personal, absolute and ultimate unconditional surrender to God as Sovereign. Though it includes sorrow and regret, it is more than that. In repenting, one makes a complete change of direction (180° turn) toward God.
The weather has finally cooled off and the holidays have passed, so our minds turn to… outdoor projects for Meeting. There are many things that we would like to work on around the property, and while it may not be possible to get to them all, we thought it would be good to put together a wish list.
What is True Repentance?
I. Definition of Repentance
The repentance (metanoia) caiied for throughout the Bible is a summons to a personal, absolute and ultimate unconditional surrender to God as Sovereign. Though it includes sorrow and regret, it is more than that. In repenting, one makes a compiete change of direction (180° turn) toward God.
II. Relationship between repenting and doing penance.
Repenting is the internal, spiritual action.
I. Starting point
- Prayer is highly personal and individual
- Prayer is not meant to ”please” God.
- Formal prayers are meaningless without consciousness.
II. Prayer using images or concepts
- This kind of prayer utilizes our faculties for reason, imagination, feelings, and will. We use words, images, and feelings to communicate with the divine. in this sense God is mediated through our thoughts and feelings.