For a little while now I’ve been keen to explore the whole contemplative approach to a devotional life. I suppose this stems a little from being a little bored of bible reading notes which tell you what to think, rather than creating space for you to hear from God. So, instead, I’m in a season of trying to simply ‘experience’ – which of course sits alongside the need for accountability with brothers and sisters in Christ.
In trying to do this, I’ve come across a few useful bits and pieces, which I’ll post here as I’m journeying along.
Recently the fantastic Liz Sercombe spoke at ENC on the need to ‘breathe’ – basically, the need to slow down and receive, rather than simply rushing around in our spiritual journey. That spoke deeply to me – and continues to do so. So, I was delighted when I came across the following liturgy written by Christine Sine, posted by Jonny Baker. It seems to be an ideal beginning to a moment of silent reflection:
Breathe out empty yourself: of hate, of fear, of anxiety
Breathe in fill yourself with love, with life, with mercy
Breathe out empty yourself of busyness, of selfishness of greed
Breathe in fill yourself with peace, with joy, with hope
Breathe out empty yourself of idolatry, of self worship, of false gods
Breathe in fill yourself with God, with Christ, with the Holy Spirit
All of this has chimed with watching a group of people experience ‘The Big Silence’ – well worth watching if you missed it first time round (see here for part 1 of 12 on youtube). Something about being still and letting ‘it’ happen seems to be where I am at the moment…
If you fancy it, why not journey with me? I’d be fascinated to hear your thoughts. How easy do you find it to stop and ‘be still’? Even if the God bit doesn’t mean anything to you, what if there’s something important about taking time out every now and again? Maybe it’s worth exploring a little deeper?