Thursday, April 29th, 2010. 11:30 am.
I lay on the sanctuary floor, a heap of broken, quivering flesh, having fallen some twenty-five feet from a poorly constructed scaffold. I was having difficulty breathing and finding sufficient mental cogency with which to call for help. After what seemed like a week, emergency personnel were on the scene repackaging my accordioned body for transport. One gal insisted on asking me perfectly sane questions such as “What is your name? Do you know where you are? How many fingers am I holding up?”
Spiritual direction allows us to speak our stories.
Susan Phillips, PhD in her Conversations article Telling our Stories explains the word narrative: to tell and to know.
We all long to be known, understood, and loved. We long to live a life worthy of our calling in Christ, saturated in meaning, and open to healing those around us. (more…)
Healing is a topic like sex and money in many of our Christian communities. We are embarrassed to talk about it because deep down, we aren’t really sure that it happens any more. We spiritualize it by saying that the deceased is now healed in heaven or that only happened in the early Church. But is that accurate? (more…)
Friday November 23 is “Black Friday,” the day sales begin and people shop till they drop for whatever they haven’t got. But thousands call it “Buy Nothing Day.” They think this day has been hijacked by commercial forces (as Christmas has). The British Columbia-based organization, Adbusters, initiated this, noting that the average U. S. and Canadian dweller “consumes five times more than a Mexican, 10 times more than a Chinese person, and 30 times more than a person from India. . . Give it a rest.” (more…)
This morning I spent some time in 1 Timothy. I settled on chapter 6, verses 6-10:
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought
nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us
when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But
people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and
harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is
the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from
the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows” (NLT). (more…)
Our faith is informed by narrative knowledge, for stories help us know how to live faithfully. Telling our stories shape our lives in various ways, and they can promote healing..
Studies have found that recovering from traumatic experiences can be expedited by writing about those experiences for others to read, or speaking about them to others who are listening. Writing or speaking for an attentive other person, turns experiences into narratives. This has a healing effect, as measured in a variety of ways, including auto-immune responsiveness, pain tolerance, and quicker healing time. (more…)