I want to thank you for being a loving and supportive witness as I have moved through this past year of listening and attempting to discern God’s call for me in my life – specifically in this year of dramatic change (divorce, etc.). Today is the day I step into what I can best discern as God’s invitation for me to step more fully into my call/role of “priest.” I hesitate to even use that word because of the negative connotations this word brings up for many, and for fear of being caught up in my own compulsion of pride. When I use the word “priest” here, what I really mean is VESSEL – specifically, a vessel through which other people are empowered to:
REMEMBER the Love that they Are
And I do this through the sharing of my own gifts and the tools that I have gathered along the way that help us to come to know ourselves more fully, to come to know God more fully and to identify, name, claim, cultivate and eventually share our own unique gifts in the world.
So, as the Authentic Freedom Ministry team launches our Sunday services, I thank you. I thank you for listening, for holding space, for accompanying us on this journey….and I thank you for your thoughts and prayers of support. And today, I have a special request – I ask that as we create a space of contempative worship, that you hold us in your prayers…..and more importantly, that you hold in prayer those who feel called to join us for contemplative worship this evening and in the days and weeks ahead. For twenty years I have observed the dramatic transformation and healing that takes place in people when they allow themselves to be open to the contemplative journey, and I expect the same to take place in the minds and hearts of those who will find their way to our Sunday gatherings. So I too, will hold them in prayer.
Blessings to you as we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany…..the day when three dudes from the East recognized the miraculous Presence of the Divine in a star, had the faith to follow that star to destinations unknown and who discovered the love of God in the heart of a child.
In love and light,
Authentic Freedom Ministries