Happy Wednesday. I hope you all are doing well this week. I am feeling much better and so is the rest of my family – let’s hope we are all out of the woods!
A quick reminder that Claire Nail will be here tonight to talk about her spiritual journey and the book she wrote!
Inward Journey, Outward Journey
As I mentioned on Sunday during my message (audio here) as we begin our lenten season, I would like for us to consider the theme of “Inward Journey, Outward Journey.” For those of you who like to read you might like to know that I am taking some of these ideas from Elizabeth O’Connor’s book titled similarly, Journey Inward, Journey Outward. The church that initially published this book, Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC has been an inspiration for me for a number of years. Their deep level of care for their own souls has led to them being very active in their community over the last 50 years. You can read some daily entries from a blog they publish related to this theme.
The work I hope we will all be attentive to over the next month and a half is deepening our journey inward, moving towards wholeness in Christ, as undivided selves, rooted in God’s love and mercy. So that we might be able to journey outward bringing renewal to our world, following Jesus’ leadings and standing with confidence as agents of love and hope in our world. That doesn’t sound like too much to ask, does it! 🙂
Obviously, this is always our work. Yet, I find that paying special to these things for specific times can help to draw our attention more clearly to the work we are called to do as Friends of Jesus. So will you join me in reflecting on these things and actively pursuing them during Lent?
- What work would you like to take on as a part of deepening your journey inward?
- What work would you like to take on that might extend your journey outward into the world?
This Sunday we will reflect on the theme of transfigurations which means,
a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state
And if I could have the liberty to contextualize it a little I would say a “more beautiful / spiritual state of wholeness.”
The biblical passage for our reflection is:
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” –Isaiah 6:1–8
- What stands out to you about this text?
- Where are you in this story?
- In what ways has your true-self become hidden or revealed over time?
- Has there been a moment, or moments when you were transfigured into your more “whole self?”
I look forward to our time together on Sunday morning.
C. Wess Daniels
Released Minister @ Camas Friends Church
1004 NE 4th Ave Camas WA 98607
“We need in every community a group of angelic troublemakers. Our power is in our ability to make things unworkable. The only weapon we have is our bodies and we need to tuck them in places so wheels don’t turn!” Bayard Rustin