Today's Lectionary Text
Wandering the Path of Life
Their eyes wander in fascination
When desiring a new adventure
Once she ran across a nursery
There was the time his legs were itching to walk
Still, had anyone bothered to share that
Following the guidance of the sun overhead, the moon in the sky, or the Church’s Bell Tower, are much more satisfying than hearing anyone barking out directions when we’d rather follow our inner compass. It feels as though there are too many people eager to tell everyone else where to go. Perhaps by simply giving people the space to trust in the way that leads to life, they’ll figure out the way.
Undoubtedly, computer technology has made wandering a lost art. Yet the Bible stories feature many wanderers who find their way in the process. Abraham and Sara, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, Elijah, and Jesus are but a few. When we allow ourselves to wander, we learn lessons and access creativity that we wouldn’t have otherwise known.
Certainly, prayer practices feature times of wandering. Sometimes we physically wander towards an image that draws us toward it. We may capture a photo, just sit and gaze at the image for a while or write a simple haiku.
Wandering may involve sitting quietly while focusing on God’s love. Naturally, our minds wander, and we become aware of where we are in relationship to our God.
Importantly, when we are intentional about reflection and spending time with God in prayer, we become connected with our inner compass. We know that when we follow the path of love, we are headed in the right direction. Will we choose time in quietude in order to listen, trust, and believe so that we will understand the true treasure that is held in our souls?
-Rev. Marta Wheeler
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