Tending Your Soul
“Every moment and every event of every man and woman’s life
on earth plants something in the soul.” Thomas Merton
“Soul tending” is the practice of being attentive, awake, alert and sensitive to the promptings of the inner wisdom guide – the soul. What might one hear? The gifts of the soul are limitless but could manifest in some of the following: insight about gifts or limits; an impulse to reach out, volunteer, forgive, accept forgiveness; a sense of love, peace, joy, insight or understanding – and so much more!
This section is an invitation for you to participate in a new event we are calling “Tending Your Soul.” In an effort to bring balance to our data-driven culture, we will offer personal stories (video and written) describing experiences of “soul-full” blessings.
Throughout our life experiences, God’s divine fingerprint is clearly impressed in the everyday shaping of our heart and soul. God’s presence as intimate friendship blessed us with words of love, insight, challenge, humor, guidance and forgiveness. The following reflections are meant to provide a springboard to your own stories – hopefully, assisting you to uncover the sacred encounters hidden in the midst of your everyday circumstances. Let the feelings, images, questions and journal opportunities provide time and space for God’s Spirit to remind you of all that God has done and continues to do in your life.
A Chippin' Away - Have you ever had a sense of God’s Spirit urging you to take some particular action?
Basement Illumination - Have you ever found yourself locked in your expectations of someone?
Dance Wherever - Have you ever experienced someone’s encouragement to use gifts you didn’t know you had or hesitated to use?
Cherished - What is your experience of being cherished? Cherishing someone? How might that experience speak of God?
Grateful Hummingbird - Have you noticed how expressed gratitude – either given or received – touches your heart?
Teach Me - What qualities of a loving parent describe God’s relationship with you? What would you have God teach you at this time?
E. R. Doctor - Can you imagine God’s graciousness flowing through your response to another’s emergency? Allowing God’s words of care to be expressed through your prayer with another?
Wrong Place - “God is always where we least expect to find Him.” Does your experience match that quote? What were the circumstances?