Countless life-long Christians struggle to live out their faith in a deep way. We are not not talking about new Christians, or marginal Christians. These are seasoned Christian people who sit in the pews week in, and week out. They serve in ministry; they attend Bible studies or book clubs; they belong to fellowship groups. In many instances they have grown up in the church. Yet secretly they question why their experience of faith does not match the reality they hear proclaimed through sermons, or articulated in books. This internal question, often unexpressed, leads to years of frustration in their spiritual lives.
Happily, it doesn’t have to be like that. Internal feelings of frustration, sometimes guilt, over our spiritual progress (or lack thereof) is not something we have to settle for. The experiences of faith – response in prayer, healing, fellowship in the Holy Spirit, hearing God, knowing Jesus – can actually be realized in our lives! What is more, uncovering this reality is not as difficult or arduous as it may sound.
Here are some of the things I have been thinking about:
My Latest Reflections
Did you know that overwatering a plant doesn’t actually drown the plant but suffocates it. Overwatering restricts the oxygen available for the plant’s growth. What are some ways we restrict the Spirit in our lives?
Have you ever felt the need to comment on something but find that you have no words to do so? That’s how I feel in this moment. The country weeps in the wake of the newly discovered mass-grave on the property of a Kamloops Residential School. Such things are what you expect to find in … Continue reading A Valley of Bones
Have you ever felt dissatisfied with your prayers? Have you felt that despite your best efforts you have never plumbed the depths of everything that prayer can offer you? Have you looked longingly to the saints before you, wishing to uncover a fraction of the prayerful intimacy they seemed to enjoy? I know I have. … Continue reading Lessons in Prayer 2: The invitation to be dissatisfied