Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’


It is funny as my church’s minister starts a series on the Lord’s Prayer, and we celebrated new life in community through Communion that these thoughts tumble through my heart.

That’s life as the old song goes. It creates this idea around mental health to suck it up or buck up and carry on. Sometimes it works, sometimes it malingers and tears you down. In spiritual circles we shift to the pray/meditate about it. This idea that it only exists because we are somehow not holy enough or lack faith. It is the heresy of our times.

Life is a journey. We truly do not have much control over what happens to us, but we have control over response, and when we do not, as in the case of mental health, we have the decision to seek aid or not. The title of this post is a take off on two things that hit me this week, one was a Brad Paisley song, Noand the other was a find in the Red Deer Scott’s Parables. We had gone up to Red Deer for my son’s 13th b-day to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and stopped by the shop for him to get some Veggie Tales, that he oh so loves. On the racks I found Kerri Rawson’s (daughter of the BTK Killer) memoir, A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Sotry of Hope, Love and Overcoming. 

The song speaks of prayer. Whether you are one to mull, contemplate, meditate, pray in the traditional or the affirmative sense the song rings with truth. It is that all prayers are answered, even when it is no. It walks through a young man’s loss of his grandfather and other prayers that got the big N-O and what the outcome of that was. It is a reminder, that there are times when we have yet to grow into our journey. For any answer, is an answer in the journey of life.

This song wrung in my ears as I read Rawson’s memoir. Her prayer for her adult life was a calm normal life. Then on February 25, 2005 it all changed when the FBI arrived at her front door saying they had arrested her father, Dennis Rader for the BTK serial murders. BTK stands for Bind, Torture, Kill. The killer had terrorized and taunted Wichita, Kansas for over three decades, with her father’s confessions he was found guilty of 10 murders (8 adults, 2 children), 7 families of victims. The memoir is a journey through the 8th family of victims. His own. He was a eccentric, sometimes abusive in the home, but he was a loving and caring father. He was the president of their church, and a Scout Leader. The journey is Rawson’s of faith, and transformation as she understands what the No to the prayer of her life was bringing her into and through. The shedding of the old skin, the family life growing up her Dad had been quoted as calling social contacts and pawns in his game; into her new life as wife and mother, and healing(ed) daughter.

It is the journey of discovery and challenge for me in the last few years. No, my father was not a serial killer. But in the healing process it is the No answer to many methods and spiritual practices that I had used to keep myself healthy in the journey. In the work of helping. When Mr. Roger’s would say in the dark times look for those who are the helpers, and you will see hope. I had the honour of being one, and serving with many. That crashed down in 2017 after months of mystery from 2016.

It is a journey of discovering the new-true you on the other end. Shedding the old damaged skin, and knowing what lies ahead. Denying the No’s from prayer, because that was obviously not meant to be so why hold fast to it. Stepping into and affirming the maybe’s and the yes’s. It is about resting. Resting in the silence of the Holy Mystery’s love.

Sometimes, the hardest part is admitting one needs help. The second hardest will be the patience to wait for that help to materialize. It is a journey, there is a shimmer of light, now what one has to ask is simply,

what new book of life awaits?

 

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Indecisiveness. That is why there is reflections on the Pastoral Epistles and the Peters happening right now. Yet in some weird way they tend to compliment one another. But I digress. The Pastoral Epistles were never my favourite, it could go back to the lowest mark I ever got in Bible College or Seminary– due to an abysmal performance on a scripture chapter memorization- write out and recitation. I also thank those who have noted my writing output recently, I know it may not be my strongest work but it is part of renewing and rebuilding a daily practice. This is how I am laying the foundations in a new mind mansion/interior castle as I continue to work through the now twin diagnosed neurological realities in healing (and wait lists).

I wonder at times as I read the Pseudo-Paul voice within the Pastoral Epistles, if this isn’t a moment of renewal within leadership. A move to more structures within the Pauline strain of the Christianities. Managing change. Managing transformation. Attempting to maintain the familiar. Again we are entering into passages that have been weaponized in misogyny and it is time to look with upon them with a fresh heart.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[a] Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

-Epistle of 1 Timothy 2:1-7 (English Standard Version)

A preacher is obviously someone who presents publicly the message. An Apostle is a duty of going into new territories and breaking ground with new or reinvigorated ideas outside the norm. Finally, a teacher, well they are there to walk with the community as they go deeper in knowledge, and application of that knowledge becomes wisdom. (Yes, astutely noting we are working the text backwards).

These are positions that spun out of what Brother Jesus normally called disciples. Those on the journey of stripping away the darkness, letting the light out, burning away the gunk for the true resonance with the Holy Mystery within, through and throughout. It happens then that through seeing the other with the Holy Spark they are not aware of yet. The starting point is authentic prayer/discernment.

This is not the catch phrase of “thoughts and prayers”.  But authentically taking on the practice of prayer for one to come to who they truly are. Raise their awareness. Within to come to the same core resonance. As Brother Jesus would have noted in the gospels written before this epistle, it is not a show for the world, but an authentic practice that brings about change in how you see and interact with your world.

Creating that ripple in the pond. Which creates the next passage as jarring:

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

-Epistle of 1 Timothy 2:8-15 (ESV)

First the opening few lines speak of not doing how others do community. Not worrying about things. The fact they lean them into a sexist dichotomy is why these writings are seen from the Pauline school, but not of Paul who was seen as more an equalist. Now as we move into the “learn quietly and submissively” what needs to be remembered first is, up until now within monotheistic faiths (pre-J.C.) there was divisions within the gatherings– the holy; then men; then women; then gentiles…now they were all together, so one thought can be this is an improvement. Since families had never been together in worship and learning there was many questions being asked and to be processed.

Yet, it goes more to a preaching setting and not a teaching setting. This is important for the first part of the passage to take effect, the authentic growth. A new way of doing must grow slowly and rapidly. The key to me is showing their faith through actions (good works), and I do not see the need for the gender specifier here, except that the writer goes down a rabbit hole of old school religious oppression.

Pointing out that women shall not have authority to teach which we have already seen from history up to this point as bullocks. Could it be contextually specific in that this is more new believers that usual so wanting to ensure proper practice? Or is it more wanting to blend in with the more acceptable monotheistic practice in the Empire of Judaism and avoid persecution? Or leaning more heavily on that tradition, as they touch point to Adam and Eve and try the old, Eve was taken for a ride not Adam (which the great Adam gave in as well). When the first creation touch point has humanity created as equals (Genesis 1); another school of thought brings in Genesis 2 and the sub-creation concept. Since the original Paul would point out there is no labels, and all are equal one can surmise that the Pseudo-Paul voice here was an adherent/student within Pauline Christianity, but still retained strong roots in his own religious upbringing. As it also misses the point that in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve are BLESSED with the world to go forth and explore, grow and learn in. As they enter adolescence as a species they note their differences, Eve becomes aware of childbearing, and that pain will be apart of the process, and Adam becomes aware of work to bring forth food. Lifespan development of the ancient world (social psychology).

That leaves us seeing that we need to bring a context to our hearts of reflection. We need to understand where we are in the journey, and what it means to come into the words of experience. What we also need to understand is that every writer even though inspired by the Holy brings their own slant to the teachings.

For the building up in the first portion of holistic growth and development could almost be scuttled by the second portions misogyny. That is not the purpose, the purpose is what the first spoke of- authentically you as created.

Who is the authentic you?

And what vocation are you called into?

 

 

 


Daily practice. It has backed many religious/spiritualist movements. Secular mindfulnessIMG_2684 movements. Psychological/holistic healing. Creative arts. The idea that each day to do something that takes you into another space. The thin space that “separates” the creative spark (some call God) and creation…when in fact they resonate well together it is simply us that must pause, and enter into the thin space to truly create.

These are thoughts that have been spinning as I work through my own block. Writer’s block. Very rarely experienced in my life, but lately has been cropping up. It is a block of darkness. Or that is what I see when I take moments to pause and be present. The light is kept out, unable to truly break through. Feel one’s breath is what the experts say to enter into a deeper meditation. It starts with presence. Experiencing what is in the now. The now being a concrete block within my mind’s eye.

bookBut it comes back to each day trying to keep practice. For as Martella-Whitsett (2011) How to Pray without Talking to God brought the book group to this week. We tend to stop our practice to soon. That is we tend to enter into our prayer/contemplation/meditation time of creation/manifestation/denial/affirmation BUT before we truly make a breakthrough the silence scares us.  For it is resting in that silence that the heavy lifting to the “Thin Space” can be done.  Simply, because being with ourselves and truly affirming the divinity we are created in is, well, S-C-A-R-Y. So it is always easier to simply stop at the imaginary line, than spend that extra beat and wait to see if the light shines through.

The light of daily practice. Been a long road back to some semblance of this for myself, yet trying to attempt it. Working into some Wisdom in Ecclesiastes, reminders about the ebbs and flow of life. Silence. Concrete blocks. Reminders in the ancient story of Nehemiah, called to rebuild. On the front lines as a leader in the moment, but taking time away to get above the daily work, the daily battles to be able to see the lay of the land. The higher plain of planning.

That is the extra beat in the silence.

The higher plain, being able to see (wholly) who one is.

From their stepping into the true reality.

Yet, in the moment, one chapter hangs by the precipice. A block of stone blocking that light…just one more beat…in the silence…

Today’s practice.

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P-R-A-Y-E-R.

“We have been so persistently taught that prayer consists in asking God for some human need that we have lost sight of our spiritual identity and have become a race of praying beggars.”

-Charles Fillmore

To some a four letter word. To others an opiate (to paraphrase Karl Marx) to keep the masses appeased and seeing themselves as fallen. Some an introspective/meditative/positive thinking technique that removes any personal or mystical agency for the miraculous. At worst, an intercession to a man in the sky that may deem us worthy or unworthy of aid.

And the stalled litany that removes mystic growth of the soul to true love communion with creation and loving Creator is removed by continuing the piece meal of pablum. Where is the meat? Those growing, become emaciated as they are not allowed out of pre-school, and those in pre-school are never given the challenge of spiritual growth into Kindergarten or Grade One (never mind 2-12 or upper colleges of spirituality) because no one wants to rock the tradition boat. Whether you are from the Abrahamic religions, Eastern spiritualities or meta-physicians.

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]

-Gospel of Matthew 6:5-9 (English Standard Version)

The debate over how we pray. While we miss the point on what is the point of prayer. In her 2011 book, How to Pray Without Talking to God, Unity Minister Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett poses this question:

To what degree does praying in the traditional fashion support or detract from your growing awareness of your divine identity?

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Much like Brother Jesus in his teaching on prayer. Break the mold of what is taught by rote, without emotion, without self(lessness); without connection to the divinity that is breathed into us, and that is around us (y’know that love source we are from and return to). For it creates a false dichotomy that one method is better than another. There is no false dichotomy. All movements have their ways. Centering and grounding techniques to bring us to peace.

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Great new book study with UCM Alberta

A priest mentor gave a sermon on praying for the dead, which would be seen as the ultimate traditional form of prayer. It has been taught to pray your loved ones out of purgatory into paradise (heaven). What I loved is he pointed out that purgatory in its purest form is having whatever has kept us from the Love Source, God, purged away instantaneously upon death. So why pray for the dead? It allows us to get out of our own pain/heads/hearts and speak that which is mired deeply within us.

What is that? It is grief processing? Singly, and when Mass is celebrated for the person, communally. It is healing.

In the metaphysical way taught by such as Ernest Holmes, The Fillmores, and Mary Baker Eddy to name a few, it is about going within to the divine identity that always exists. Much like the Lord’s Prayer Jesus leads into with his words from the Sermon on the Mount, these methods allow us to centre and root.

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Hey do you notice any metaphysical steps in this?

The Five Steps of Affirmative Prayer (Holmes’ way) are here. While my family prefers the method of this spirituality taught to kids. BINGO: Begin with God; Include yourself; Name your good; Give thanks; Over and Out.

 

Much like the Lord’s Prayer almost mirrors…

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Into the Unity Five Step Process which is simply (from Unity.org):

1. Relax
Close your eyes. Relax, breathe deeply, and let go of outer concerns.
2. Concentrate
Quiet your mind. Begin to focus your thoughts on the spirit of God within you.
3. Meditate
With an open mind and a receptive heart, feel the peace of God’s presence. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 RSV).
4. Embrace the Silence
In the silence of your soul, know that you are one with God. Allow this realization to permeate your being.
5. Give Thanks
So is it talking outside or within yourself?
What is prayer?
It is communing with the love that we are sourced from. Tapping into the cosmic dust that exists within. personalized and cosmoligically. It is coming to an understanding of surrender, presence and love.
This is halted when Chemicalization (psychologically may present as cognitive dissonance) sets in. When we become stuck in the pablum of life not open to the grand cosmic buffet. Martella-Whitsett (2011) defines chemicalization as “a confused state of consciousness when embedded beliefs appear threatened by the introduction of new spiritual ideas.” (p. 41). The protection mechanism of life, as change triggers the grief cycle, and the grief cycles forces us to acknowledge that we are autonomous and interdependent people. It is easier to freeze where we are comfortable than to continue the journey.
That is why prayer is such a dividing line between movements, for it is within how we pray that we can label those who have “levelled up” and those who have not. Missing the point, that in the journey, many ways and means will bring us back to the grounding of understanding and resonance with God.
It may seem unbelievable…but…
P-R-A-Y-E-R
Takes many forms as a way to centre the person and community into the true source and identity of who they are. It centres us into seeing each and every person as part of the beautiful rainbow of creation and belonging. Labels define supports, not the intrinsic worth of the person.
Created in love. Meant to return to love. And most importantly, to live out of that love…to as the Christian Testament describes it…bring the Kingdom here.
That is to transform our world through one humble act of compassionate love at a time.
Are you willing to truly enter into prayer?

Ancient laws were fairly simple. Do not wipe out a village for small in fractions. We have an example still today with our Common Laws in Canada, because, well a system of justice makes things orderly. It provides a system that removes vigilantism and revenge. This was the kernel of the writings in the Hebrew Bible book of Genesis around eye for an eye. Jesus was trying to move the world beyond tribalism and revenge when breaking bread on the Mount he spoke:

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

-Matthew 5:38-42

The challenge being we hear these words and have taken it to mean that we should be push overs, that we should allow for abuse, and be passive. That was not the case. The assertive measures given were a non-violent method of resistance that kept one safe in the times of the Roman Empire. Yes you read that right.

The cheeks: it was a turn of defense that closed the gap and threw the attacker off balance to allow for escape. Anyone that has studied non-violent crisis intervention, or some of the monastic martial arts ala Aikido know about this. It was not retaliatory in the vein of revenge but protecting one’s own life.

Coat/cloak: The simplicity being taught within Franciscans and other mendicant orders 1200 years on was that we are simply holders so do not be afraid to lose consumer items. The protection in these words being that you were already seen as a not entity, and as such if you do not give up the shirt your life is forfeit, so add insult to the one attacking the untouchable and give your coat. Do the holy action upon the holy person to reveal the hypocrisy.

Go the extra mile: Safety- it produces more space, shows you are willing to do more to aid a better society, again opening up the hypocrisy of the bully. No longer being the bullied but taking the reigns and empowering the by standers to come along side which flows into the idea of removing—

Begging/borrowing- truly live in the Jubilee spirit. Give what you give without expecting payment back or out of any other notion than being able to help. What form does helping take in your world today.

What steps of simple kindness can you take that keeps yourself safe, but resists an unjust system? That shines light into a darkness? That shows those who the world still casts aside they are fully persons?

The original eye for an eye law was to reveal we all carry the cosmic dust…these were getting beyond literalism and fundamentalism (and some cases extremism) to remind humanity: we are all in this together. The ripple effect, one little action can change things for the better. Assertive action can create transformation communally.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters,[o] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

-Matthew 5: 43-48

What does prayer do? That is always a deep question, and one constantly explored. I remember sitting in Mass one morning (weekday masses after night shifts in emergency shelters always seemed to percolate the most thought). It was such this day as the priest spoke of praying for the dead. He stated quite emphatically it was not about praying them into paradise, that was done in the moment of death when all that kept them away from full/deep communion with the Holy Mystery was purged away (purgatory-rather instantaneous).

No, praying for the dead was about your own heart. It was about removing the shackles you have placed upon yourself so that you are able to reconcile a new day with you and the Holy within.

Contemplate that. Praying is about reconciling your whole being to the interconnectedness of itself.

Now, re-hear verses 43-48, three times:

First hearing, spend time with what emotions are drawn up out of your core being. Spend time with them, best way to release them is through some form of colour work whether it be paint, chalk, sidewalk chalk, crayons, pencil crayons.

Second hearing, spend time with the memories that wash over. Which one truly resonates and sticks out for this moment in time. Write it out as a truly F-you letter to the enemy. And place it with the colours.

Third hearing—just spend time with you. Remind yourself God is love. You are love. You are not what your enemy has led you to believe you are.

In the release moment when you are ready—destroy that which came out from the first two hearings. Spend a moment to grieve the ending, knowing you may need to come back to this moment, or you may not…but the prayer was about love of yourself, and releasing…so you may love your neighbour as you truly now love you.

Ready to embrace a true F-You moment of life?

Authentically L-O-V-E— YOU.


Faith without works is dead. That is one of those sentiments that can tend to stick with you. Traditionally it is from one of the most contested epistles within the Christian Testament. That of James, whom tradition teaches was a brother of Jesus of Nazareth, it also shows the matrilineal lineage of the early tribe as an ascent this quickly into leadership and teaching would be via Mother Mary of Nazareth, those whom was adopted by the Beloved Disciple (which is you read the Gospel of John through a mystic lens then it should be us inserted into each instance of the term being used, so it is us that opens our arms to the one society would turn out for being outside).

But I digress, for this does tie into the Aquarian Gospel readings, which seem to be more thematically clumped as the work progresses. Chapters 137-141 create an arc of teaching that would make James proud (and for those that have spent any real time in Marian theology and her call to the world of hope, justice and inclusion, as well).

Yet it starts in Chapter 137 with a teaching on prayer. Where Jesus lays out the Lord’s prayer, as Levi has imagined it into his era (there are many different versions one can find by simply googling, the one’s from the Indigenous perspective are quite good). Yet it is pared with a parable of a wife in need for caring for the traveler:

A housewife was alone at night and, lo, some guests arrived, and they were hungry, having had no food for all the day.
11. The housewife had no bread, and so at midnight she went forth and called a friend and said, Loan me three loaves of bread, for guests have come, and I have naught for them to eat.
12. The friend replied, Why do you trouble me at midnight hour? My door is shut; my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise to give you bread; to-morrow you can be supplied.
13. The housewife asked again, and then again, and then because she pled, and would not be refused, the friend arose and gave her bread.
14. Behold, I say to you, Ask firmly and you shall receive; seek trustingly and you shall find; knock earnestly, the door will open up.

It is much like the petitioning when the masses were hungry, and one step forwarded, a child (again someone without voice in the world) to show the way. From that miracles happened, perhaps it was like this where those who had but were unwilling simply became willing. It is how our world truly runs, we are an interdependent species and as such we need to care for one another to make this world work.

Some would call it justice, some a social contract, some a social gospel or a liberation gospel But what 137 does is line it up that it begins with prayer, and then prayer/meditation leads to action, and action leads to compassion which leads to loving our neighbour as ourselves.

Or truly living into this from the Gospel of Matthew:

Matthew 25 (3)

To Be Continued as we reflect on Chapter 138

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By Tyler Ragan

(http://www.calgary.anglican.ca/Sower/SowerMay06.pdf on pg.3)

This revolution was not televised,

 

it was live! It started as an

 

idea to teach fasting for 30 hours.

 

Members of Soul Revolution

 

pledged to go without food to

 

deepen their relationship with

 

God (self -transformation) and to

 

raise awareness that clean-freefresh

 

water is a human right.

 

Envelopes for the Primate’s

 

World Relief and Development

 

Fund were distributed to the 11

 

participants and two leaders.

 

Donations were gathered. The

 

retreat was on God’s time as

 

watches and cell phones were

 

checked in as participants arrived.

 

Bonding had already started

 

when Soul Revolution came the

 

Thursday night before to

 

help the Altar Guild and junior

 

choir make 450 palm crosses for

 

Palm Sunday.

 

On the Friday night shortly

 

after arrival, the crew “went” to

 

the third world in two teams.

 

Their mission to build, with the

 

materials you can scrounge, a

 

well for your village. What was

 

discovered as water was hoisted

 

successfully was that the water

 

was dirty.

 

It was unsafe to drink. The

 

group delved into the story of the

 

Woman at the Well, and what it

 

meant to come to Jesus and the

 

unquenchable thirst we have,

 

and the healing found with the

 

Cross.

 

The tempo for the weekend

 

was set with time taken to explore

 

the scripture, pray, write letters to

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

 

A prayer walk was taken across

 

the street to the mailbox outside

 

a Seven Eleven where the group

 

stopped. In front of community

 

members, they prayed before

 

each youth walked to the box,

 

saying a silent prayer. They

 

mailed their letter calling for our

 

country to take a stand to ensure

 

everyone had access to drinkable

 

water, and to stop the commodification

 

of that which God

 

created to bring life.

 

Raising awareness did not stop

 

with letters to Prime Minister

 

Harper.

 

On Saturday afternoon, the

 

group of youth, amidst clouds of

 

chalk dust, decorated the ramps,

 

stairs and amphitheatre areas of

 

the church raising awareness of all

 

in God’s creation needs water,

 

with simple messages like “H2O

 

should be Free” and “Jesus Rules”

 

or “Jesus Rocks”.

 

The night ended prayer times

 

when the youth could wrestle

 

through their own faith, and go

 

deeper into the Gospel. Lights

 

out ended our first day of fasting.

 

As the sun rose on Saturday

 

morning with an hour to go

 

before wake-up, the leaders gathered

 

to say the morning office,

 

and pray for the coming

 

impact. After a flurry of wake-ups

 

with singing, Soul Revolution

 

donned work gloves and grabbed

 

garbage bags. Entering their 21st

 

hour of fasting, they hiked from

 

the church to Prairie Winds Park

 

to clean up the community by

 

clearing the garbage out of the

 

gutters in our streets, and to

 

show that clean water starts with

 

a clean and litter free environment

 

so our own water cannot be

 

poisoned.

 

Five huge bags of garbage left

 

our area. Stopping in the midst

 

of the park to pray, and move to

 

the foot washing at the last

 

supper.

 

Exploration was tied to personal

 

prayer time, corporate

 

prayer time, exploring the stories

 

in the Bible of Jesus and the

 

Woman at the Well, writings in

 

Isaiah, Nicodemus dialogue with

 

Jesus, writings in Revelation

 

where God says eternal life will

 

come from clean water (the

 

water Jesus promised).

 

Also in Revelation, there is the

 

promise that it is possible to bring

 

God’s kingdom to earth as we

 

pray each Sunday in Church. It

 

is not just a dream, or a prayer for

 

tomorrow but a reality for now

 

that Soul Revolution came to

 

believe could happen if we just

 

cared enough to try.

 

Our weekend closed exploring

 

1 Corinthians 13 the love chapter,

 

and personal reflections and

 

prayer, before our final step of

 

gathering for an Agape Meal

 

(Love Feast), where our priest,

 

Dean dashed in to discover our

 

group serving one another.

 

The hard questions were still

 

bubbling up about the Cross,

 

Jesus, Mary, how much does

 

God truly love us that no matter

 

what we can be with him.

 

Our time ended with a reverse

 

progressive supper in the houses

 

of church members. And some

 

brought food to the church:

 

award-winning death by chocolate

 

desert to lasagna; homemade

 

chicken noodle soup and

 

Caesar salad to appetizers of

 

jumbo shrimps; little knishes, pigs

 

in the blanket, tiny pizzas and

 

other fun hors d’oeuvres.

 

The final act as a community

 

that night before pick-up was

 

group prayer.

 

The group gathered the next

 

morning while the money raised

 

$360 was presented to the church

 

to be sent to the PWRDF, and to

 

help with the dramatic Passion

 

reading.

 

Revolutions are possible, and

 

it just takes a thought…to change

 

the world.

 

Soul revolution is a group of

 

12-18 year olds at St. George’s

 

Anglican Church.

 

Ty Ragan n/TSSF, is Director

 

of Youth and Children

 

Ministries at St. George’s

 

Anglican Church, Calgary