You are invited to join the Peace community this year in Discover Practices – a different way each week that you can engage with Jesus on your own so as to experience his love and goodness. Typically these will involve 2-3 15-20 minute spiritual activities … some that can be integrated with what you are already regularly doing (like a daily walk or devotional time). Each week a staff person will also be blogging on that week’s practice and briefly sharing his/her own experiences and inviting you to share your own.
Our list of Discover Practices is inspired by the spiritual temperament writing of Gary Thomas in his book Sacred Pathways. Thomas states, “What is a “sacred pathway”? Put very simply, it describes the way we relate to God, how we draw near to him. Do we have just one pathway? Not necessarily. Most of us, however, will naturally have a certain predisposition for relating to God, which is our predominant spiritual temperament.” Thomas emphasizes these pathways as different ways that different people love Jesus. We are going to turn that 180° believing that these can also be ways that people receive Jesus’ love. It is through such experiences and practices of being out in nature, or engaging in Bible study, or being supported through relationships with others, or being inspired by music and the arts, or setting aside time and space for quiet meditation and prayer that Christ offers people with different temperaments a fresh experience of his love and truth. It is our hope that through Discover practices, you will:
Sense Christ’s presence
Engage with God’s story of love in Jesus more deeply
See and receive Jesus’ goodness
Experience affirmation as God’s child
Week of September 15 - Loved by Christ Outdoors
Go to a favorite outdoor spot in the area (could be your back patio). Take several minutes just to look around and make mental notes of at least 5 aspects of nature that demonstrate Jesus’ creativity and his gift of beauty. Then say a prayer of thanksgiving (perhaps with eyes open) for these gifts of His creation.
Read Psalm 136:1-9. Then leave the devices behind and take a 10 walk (perhaps along the Chippewa River or in your neighborhood). Every minute or so repeat the verse, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
Read Romans 1:20. Then go to another favorite outdoor spot and spend 10 minutes answering the question: What does what you see in nature tell you about the triune God? Make a list.
Enjoy the Discover Practices this week … and check back to read and comment on Pastor Mark’s experiences or share your own.