BEING TRULY PRESENT to the person before us is also a discipline, a spiritual practice. Often we are tired, in a hurry, worried about meeting a deadline at work, or perhaps distracted by the coffee stain on the white sweater we just bought. Yet we can hear Jesus’ words to Martha, anxious about food preparation and her sister sitting at Jesus’ feet as a disciple: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing” (Luke 10:41-42).
– Stephanie Ford.
Kindred Souls: Connecting through Spiritual Friendship
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Look for opportunities to be truly present to someone throughout your day. Share your thoughts.
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come.
Ephesians 1:20-21, NRSV
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This week we remember: C.S. Lewis (November 22).
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