Sunday, June 22, 2008

kingdom signs discerned

The point of looking for Kingdom signs is not just the writing, but the reflecting. Over time, prayerfully, as one reflects on what is written, themes begin to emerge. It is often in these themes that Kingdom clarity becomes clear.


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So as part of the Kingdom signs project, I am suggesting that people only blog journal for 5 days in 7. That leaves a 6th day for reflection, looking back over what one has written and starting to prayerfully ponder. And a 7th day, for rest, for doing nothing. This is essential to any spiritual practise and common sense given that we are human – prone to sickness, busyness, etc.

It is only a week, too early yet, but reading the Opawa Kingdom blogs (Regina; Phil; Judy; Viv; Allan) blogs, I am struck by the beauty and power within our everyday lives. God seems richly present: in creation, in sustenance, in Scripture, in healing, in sunshine, in life cycles, in hugs, in restoration.

PS Just a word about the kingdom signs selection – I simply asked 5 people from the church. They had to be lay, there had to be male and female, they had to come from a range of life situations, to be both long and recent in the church, they had to be people who were probably not doing this sort of thing already. All mixed with a bit of intuition, people who I just wondered if they would enjoy and benefit from the practise. All 5 said yes (one will start in a week or so). I also had material available on the Sunday after the sermon in case others wanted to join. (And I ran out of copies, which was grand).

Material:
Introduction here, instructions here and here

Posted by steve at 09:26 AM

3 Comments

  1. Fantastic idea Steve.

    Comment by Negrito — June 22, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

  2. I just wanted to say I’m really enjoying blogging about the kingdom – even though I’m not a layperson and I think it’s a brilliant idea. I’m going to try and use some version of this with my catechism class
    in the autumn.
    Thanks and good luck juggling the personal and the pastoral – it’s never easy.

    Comment by Jane Stranz — June 23, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  3. Steve I am enjoying the blogs. Others in England and France are also participating. I am in USA and the state of Tennessee. May God continue using you worldwide Steve. Thanks.

    Comment by dan — July 2, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

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