shall we?

"All Religions have spiritual practices.  Buddhists burn sage and meditate.  Muslims avail themselves of their prayer rugs.  The Christian tradition has developed a wealth of practices, too:  fasting, almsgiving, vigil-keeping, confessing, meditation...  In churches and homes everywhere, people are increasingly interested in doing Christianity, not just speaking or believing it."  

+ Lauren F. Winner, Mudhouse Sabbath

It’s hard to remember, and sometimes down right easy to forget: each one of us is a beautiful human being, created in the image of God.  And precisely because this kind of amnesia is so prevalent, this season’s spiritual practice is designed for you to get to know you, the real you, the deep-down you, the full-of-grace-and-light child of God, the person you (and I) are meant to be. 

So, without further adieu, take a piece of paper, turn a fresh page in your journal, or open up a new document and finish the following sentences as best you can:

  The first memory I have of being fully alive is ...

  If I had to choose three snapshots to represent my childhood, they'd be ...

  At nine years old, I wanted to be ...

  At sixteen years old, I wanted to be ...

  At twenty-two years old, I wanted to be ...

  The time (or times) I've felt closest to God have been ... 

  The time (or times) I've felt farthest from God have been ...

  The best compliment I ever received was ...

  I love, love, love ...

  I loathe ...

  I feel God's love most clearly when I’m with ...

  When I die, I want nothing more than to be able to look back at my life and say ...

  God is ...

  Jesus is ...

  The Holy Spirit is ...

  I am ...

Finish these sentences (or just the ones that speak to you), and then commit to revisiting what you've written regularly (a weekly ritual, perhaps?).  As you reflect on your answers, ask:  What clues are here about who I really am, and who God is calling me to be?  What hints, what nudges, what challenges are here about how God is shaping my life today and tomorrow?

And if you feel like sharing, do this with a friend, a partner, a small group, or send your musings on over to us at SALT.  We’d love to get to know you and share some of your insights with the wider community!

Wishing you lots of love this crisp and colorful season,

The SALT Team

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