I also like to be quiet, to savor silence, to listen for the voice of God within, to reflect on some aspect of my life.
I’ve been organizing my lists alphabetically. I share with you the “E” words.
Expanding, Evolving, Embracing, Expressive.
Expanding. Spiritual growth is not restrictive; it is expanding. Questions are often more important than answers. Certainty is not the goal; but instead the goal is to foster a heart and mind open to new insights, other perspectives, and a deeper understanding of the world around us and the people with whom we share it.
Evolving. Growth with God can be unpredictable. The spiritual journey is not a straight path with rules, regulations, and clear signage along the way. Often it takes a circuitous route, bringing us to unexpected places and uncharted territory. Sometimes there is uncertainty, confusion, and fear; sometimes there is clarity, joy, and excitement. Our job is to remain as open as we can to all of that.
Embracing. The spiritual life encourages us to embrace our own lives, to engage in the experiences of each day, to wrap others in love, and to recognize that God is embracing us all.
Expressive. Our life with God both nourishes us and invites us to find ways to express that in the world. We are to try to make a positive difference as we exercise the gifts we’ve been given.
I don’t presume to know how you grow spiritually, how you reflect on your life, how you listen for God. But I do know that it’s important that we pay attention to that, that we consider what feeds us, that we ponder life’s meaning and purpose, and that we be present with and to the Presence. I wonder, what are your words?
The Rev. Beth A. McLaren