Thursday, July 17, 2008


If you have never been to a silent (centering prayer) retreat before, the community that weaves itself around and among a group of people who spend the majority of the time they are with each other in absolute silence would amaze you.

I was reflecting on my own recent trip to Alabama for a silent retreat and noted that much of the conversation that I had with my fellow retreatants (when we were not being quiet, of course), involved learning about their spiritual journeys--where they've been and where they're going, and, of course, why they would be crazy enough to join a group of strangers and not talk to them for an entire week (or longer).

A successful community, then, is built with connections among its members and around its purpose. We are not only investing in spirituality here, we are investing in each other as spiritual beings.

With that in mind, would my fellow community members be willing to post about their spiritual journeys? Please share how the Spirit led you into contemplation and where He's taking you through it. I know we've shared basic biographies in the past, and this doesn't have to deal with that material more than is necessary. Just tell your stories of how God has brought you to where you are--here, in this community, investing in spirituality and in each other.


living stones said...

I think that sounds like a wonderful idea, and I'll try to get mine together soon.

living stones said...

Sarah--I'm pretty sure this is your entry--, this is an insightful entry and important request. I will try to work on my spiritual journey story (at least part of it) over the next week. Thank you for this valuable idea. I'm grateful for your investment--

Sarah said...

Yes, Dr. Cotton, it was me. In the heat of composition, I forgot to sign my name! I appreciate your positive response, Dr. Cotton, and yours as well, Erica. I will also be working on my own this week as well! I'm looking forward to hearing from you all.

Mark Wills said...

I look forward to seeing some of these "Stories!" I'll be working on mine.

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