Our Instinct for Renewal and the Creative Power for Healing

Len Delony1“There is an instinct in us for renewal, for a liberation of creative power. We seek to awaken in ourselves a force that really changes our life from within. And yet this same instinct tells us that this change is a recovery of that which is deepest, most original, most personal in ourselves.”

— Thomas Merton

Slowly read this quote by Thomas Merton again . . .

Pause long enough to be present to the words in a way that helps you rediscover “that which is deepest, most original, most personal” within you.

You have a deep, soulful instinct that calls to the best part in you. Over 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln called it “the better angels of our nature.”

As children of God, each of us has amazing God-given gifts, deep within us. Our English word “charisma” comes from a Greek word meaning “favor freely given” or “gift of grace.” It’s not about our modern misunderstanding limiting it to personality with charm or status . . . an extension of ego.

Spiritual gifts or charisms emerge through our soul . . . And they emerge especially when our hearts break open and we become vulnerable. When we have safe, trustworthy places for prayerful reflection, both in solitude and in compassionate communities, we can listen with the ears of the heart (instead of just react to our fears). And through such deeper hearing, we discover the creative power calling to us as we experience a renewed freedom through God’s love and grace.

Come join us this Sunday for deep listening in communities of compassion. From 3:00 – 5:00 pm we will gather in Wesley Hall to listen for God’s creative power for healing in a broken world.

Check out this video of Parker Palmer on the Heart to get a better sense of what this time is about in preparation.

Grace and peace,


Healing the Heart of Democracy


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