Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Following God's Will
do not usually give titles to my sermons. However, my sermon yesterday could be entitled “Following God’s Will (part 2)”. As we do not have Jesus with us in bodily form to guide us, we cannot know with certainty what God’s will is for us and for the church as the Body of Christ. That doesn’t mean that we should not do all we can to discern God’s will. There are many ways which can be helpful in that goal such as reading and studying scripture daily. This, along with daily prayer is foundational in understanding God’s will for us and for the world. There is no shortage of other ways such as connecting with God in nature or in non-biblical inspirational writing. Another foundational way for me is in paying attention to my dreams which I consider to be “God’s Forgotten Language” This is John Sanford’s term and the title of his book on understanding dreams as a way that God communicates with us.
As we are each unique children of God we will have different ways of connecting and listening to God. Some people find different forms of prayer such as contemplative prayer or centering prayer to be most meaningful. While other finds more active forms such as walking the labyrinth to be the way they can best connect with God. Many people find Spiritual Direction to be very helpful to them in their journey with God. I have had a Spiritual Director for some years and that person has been very helpful in my journey. I would invite you to explore different ways of listening to God with or without the help of a Spiritual Director. I would be very happy to talk with any of you further about exploring how you might do this. Blessings on your journey.