Conversations of Heart, Mind and Soul
Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. "On the day when I act," says the Lord Almighty, "they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him" (Malachi 3:16-17).
Think about your recent conversations with others. What did you talk about?
Most often the everyday circumstances of our lives, work, family, or activities are on our minds and in our conversations. Our conversations vary depending on whom we are with. We seem to know with whom we are willing to go deeper, those who may have capacity to be trusted with matters of the heart. Sometimes we learn who to trust through painful ways, having had a confidence broken. Finding "faithful friendships," is important for our wellbeing, and for our personal and spiritual growth. These faithful friendships are those who are willing to be present to you, to listen well, who help you hear yourself, and those who can be trusted with your story. You might consider those in your life you consider a "faithful friend" or how you can be a "faithful friend" to another.
It sometimes seems a rare thing to take the time and make the space to talk with another about one's relationship with God, one's prayer and desire for God. The "scroll of remembrance written in his presence" is a phrase that represents "those who loved to think about God and be attentive to his presence." These simple practices of "thinking about God" and "being attentive to his presence" truly deepen our reverence of God and our desire to bring honor to God's name. They demonstrate the inclinations of our heart and often clarify these inclinations. Thinking about God and being attentive to God's presence is possible moment by moment in the midst of our circumstances, not only in times of prayer or being in church.
I welcome you to consider being intentional about having this kind of "faithful friend." If you don't have another in your life that you can trust to be a "faithful friend," I invite you to consider meeting with a spiritual director. Restoration Ministries has a number of people who have been equipped to listen in this way to another. We also offer weekly opportunities as well as periodic and seasonal retreats to practice ways of thinking about God, attending to God's presence, and having conversation together. I think it delights the heart of God when we love to think about and pay attention to God. And in the process we come into greater awareness of being God's treasured possession.
Pastor Jean Leih
GOSPEL OF JOHN MANUSCRIPT STUDY
Join us in reading and reflecting on the Gospel of John in a manuscript study beginning on October 22, 2013. Sessions will be from 7-9 pm, October 22-Novmeber 19; December 3, 10, 17; January 7-February 11; February 25-April 1; April 15-May 20.
Our time will include listening to an oral reading of the manuscript followed by a few moments of quiet to listen to the questions that arise within us. The remainder of the evening is dialogue with our questions, looking for the answers not in our theological or life experiences, but within the manuscript itself. God's Word is faithful to explain itself. In this way, we enter the story allowing God's very presence in His Word to transform us from within. A typed manuscript of the Gospel of John will be provided the first night of class.
Facilitated by Marjorie Karjalahti, MDiv
LISTENING PRAYER: AN EXPERIENCE OF LECTIO DIVINA
Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm at the Restoration Ministry Center in Chanhassen, MN for a time of quiet worship, silence, reading of Scripture, personal prayer time, and sharing together. Anyone can come at any time. If you cannot be with us in person, we post the Scripture with reflection questions on our website each week, as well as deliver these to you electronically, so you can participate with us in a different way. You can share your reflections with us via the website. We welcome you into the conversation.
A SILENT ADVENT RETREAT
The Magnificat: a Song of Rejoicing
Come quiet your soul amidst the rolling hills of Shepherd's Hill Farm in a day of silent retreat. The day will include a short teaching followed by times of silence that allow us to listen attentively with the ears of our hearts to the One who loves us. Bring your journals if you wish, or just come. Facilitated by Marjorie Karjalahti, MDiv
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013
8:30 - 3:30 pm
WHERE: SHEPHERD'S HILL FARM http://pasturebarn.com (35 miles from Restoration Ministries)
COST: $50.00 (includes light breakfast, lunch and beverages)
Deadline for Registration: Monday, December 9, 2013