Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Getting ready for Lent: Living Wholehearted

From the daily email, Brother, Give us a word (SSJE), the word for today: 

It's no wonder that Jesus' family was concerned about him. By his actions he was showing that principles which most people value above everything else – security, safety, and a good reputation in the eyes of others – meant nothing to him. How counter-cultural is that?

-Br. David Vryhof

What I'm learning this week are other words for counter-cultural--like whole-hearted;  as from the words of our confession when we pray, we have not loved you with our whole heart.  

I am praying this week to be open hearted in order that I may truly live whole heartedly. We're learning this is about being vulnerable, being courageous, taking risks, and accepting and expecting the possibility of failure. 

Show up.   Be seen.  Live brave. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Getting Ready for Lent: The Daring Way

At Camp Allen with 200 Episcopal deacons, priests, and bishops from all over the country for the Daring Way Conference with Brene Brown.  

The theme is:

Show up. 
Be seen. 
Live brave. 

Learning how to be more fully the priest God called me and calls me to be. 

I'll admit:  I wasn't enthusiastic about coming, but if I've learned anything about walking with God is that that which I least look forward to doing may be the very place God is most present. 

There may be no better way and place to prepare for Lent.