Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In our staff meeting this past Tuesday, we had the kind of time for faith-sharing that made it one of the most meaningful staff gatherings I have ever experienced.
Casey Orr led us into this time by simply inviting us to share a personal story related to a significant experience of prayer or worship.
Usually when we gather for a larger staff meeting, there is so much on the “to-do” agenda that we have very little time for sharing of personal, sacred stories. But we can become like a room full of good-intentioned individuals, busily trying to meet needs efficiently, and too often forgetting about “the better portion” (Luke 10:42) of God’s presence and love. We too often forget that the “better portion” helps us be present to and rooted in God (and so also our True Selves) . . . from which our best, most spiritually integrated work as a community emerges. (In the long run, even our “most efficient” work comes through this “better portion” as we follow the deeper Wisdom and synergies through the Spirit.)
Being that we are still in the more spacious summer schedule, and that it is just two months from the official rollout of the exciting new “Healthy Plate” approach to spiritual well-being, this was seen as a special opportunity for this intentional faith-sharing.
But what about all our other gatherings at work, at home, and everywhere else in between?
How do we change our work rhythms and our very environment so we might be rooted in the “better portion” each day . . . and through every season? How might we be a more supportive community that helps each of us better hear God’s call and how to be faithful to our calling?
In our church, we have said countless times that we are called “to be God’s people in the world.” But what does it mean?
I think one good clue can be found in today’s meditation from Richard Rohr where he writes of “True Self” and “Being Love.”
Below you can read the first paragraph (you can get daily meditations emailed free from the Center for Action and Contemplation website).
And Elizabeth Wills has a wonderful song called “Love, Hear My Voice” that I often play over and over to help me move in the direction of Paul’s spiritual guidance to us to “pray without ceasing.”
Today’s meditation by Fr. Richard Rohr:
Love Is Who You Are
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Love is not really an action that you do. Love is what and who you are, in your deepest essence. Love is a place that already exists inside of you, but is also greater than you. That’s the paradox. It’s within you and yet beyond you. This creates a sense of abundance and more-than-enoughness, which is precisely the satisfaction and deep peace of the True Self. You know you’ve found a well that will never go dry, as Jesus says (see John 4:13-14). Your True Self, God’s Love in you, cannot be exhausted.