This entry follows on after the 2/6/2011 blog entry about what I said in a spiritual autobiography for the meeting two weeks ago.
Short on time, I skipped:
My call to return to the Northwest
The years in one of the small meetings in College Park Quarterly Meeting
A year in therapy
I did speak about my journey to being a Christian and what God has opened to me.
Grandmas serene and helpful history in her Presbyterian church
Friends School classes in Human Studies
High school friends in the charismatic movement
Seeking to experience that of God within me and others
His reassurance: Ive been here all along.
YFs I met on the Quaker Youth Pilgrimage, Elfrida, the Wilsons, Lionel, the 1652 country
my brothers challenges to honestly engage with the issues of Christian myth and spirituality
reading the YFNA newsletter
Bens invitation to fellowship with WYF Christians
All your strength and cleverness is nothing next to my loving power; even so, my help is there for the everyday challenges you face. This is salvation.
Never mind their conduct, love other peoplegay and straight.
Go west. Ill help you get there.
Come into Gods presence with singing and thanksgivinginto his courts with praise; help others to do that.
I am and was Jesus.
Learn every day from the process of raising a family and being in a meeting.
I may ask difficult things of youas hard as giving your son for sacrifice or pulling your heart from its protection.
You, your meeting and the place youre in are enough; simple silence is all that is needed to hear My voice.
I especially wish that Id had the presence of mind and time to include these two important experiences:
∙ The call to be married and to raise children.
∙ Basic daily, weekly, spiritual growth. Learning to make a marriage, parenting, relationships, a job and programs work. Growing in love and growing emotionally is growing in God and growing spiritually.
I also wanted to talk more about what Im learning and how Im growing:
∙ Im helping to write the next Faith & Practice for my yearly meeting. Its a challenge to speak with the yearly meeting when my experience and expression are on the Christian edge of it.
∙ I did some study and experiments with prayer. Theyve been helpful.
∙ Im learning to be more in touch with God as I work.
∙ Im learning to worship with others. Rex Amblers writings in Light To Live By are helpful in prayer alone and worship together.
∙ I care a great deal about group discernment. I like working with new ways to do this within the guides provided by Friends traditions and the Lords leading.
∙ Reading blogs and blogging: Finding the right relation between an overactive mind and a true listening heart.
∙ Keeping low.