Write a letter to God

One woman’s experiences of writing a letter to God.

5 Marks of Love Study 2017

The activity for the first week: write a letter to God.

“Slowly writing out our words of love for another person can be a meditative practice that connects us in a deep way. This week, spend some time hand-writing a letter to God. What would you say? How might you express your love for God in words?”

Here is one response to the activity, posted today (3/4/17). Hannah Tadros was asked to share her experience with the activity of writing a letter to God (described above). May her experience (of writing four letters) give you encouragement in your letter-writing activity:

[The four letters] were all over the place. My reluctance, my fear, and after I sat with it a little bit my nostalgia, and kind of longing, and that feeling of missing God, and missing that intimacy that I feel like I have run away from a lot. So that’s where the exercise went for me. It went all over the place. I found many different responses in me to the thought of being God’s beloved, and I kind of put them all down and left them up to God. Read the entire response.

– Hannah Tadros

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.

Use the “Leave a Reply” section to add your thoughts and comments. ~Fr. Dan

Ambassadors for Christ

A quick thought in the early days of Lent …

5 Marks of Love Study 2017

So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NRSV)

Are you using the Lenten Resource 5 Marks of Love led by the Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE)? If yes, what did you take with you on Week 1 |Day 3? For me it was this:

Our mission will not often be grand. It’s the little things, the small ways that we serve, a smile, a handshake, a hug, being kind to someone in customer service, especially when things aren’t going our way. Each and every day we’re acting as ambassadors of Christ…

As I write my letter to God (the activity for Week 1), I keep coming back to the sentences just quoted. Use the “Leave a Reply” section to add your thoughts and comments. ~Fr. Dan

2017 Lenten Study

Come. Join us on the Way during Lent. Explore the 5 Marks of Love.

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The Brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) have once again put together a very fine study for use during Lent. In their own words:

begin-quote-purple-x7152This six-week series provides the opportunity to observe and to reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us; individually and in our faith communities, as well as in the world around us. Each week will explore the Anglican Marks of Mission (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure) through videos, questions and exercises so we can speak more clearly and act truthfully, motivated always by hearts marked by God’s love.

The Marks of Love are not simply a list of tasks to be checked off one after the other; they are signs that our life is rooted and grounded in the Being of God. The Brothers of SSJE will draw on their own monastic spirituality to help us balance action with contemplation, so that our words and deeds proceed from the deepest places of our hearts, where God dwells. The resource encourages us to reflect on how we should live, not what we should do.

This series is designed for use by individuals or small groups. In small groups, facilitators will guide the growing process as participants discuss and learn together. For individuals, daily videos and reflections will lead them through a similar process. Ultimately participants will learn to offer themselves, body and soul, to God’s Mission, and to live for God’s glory. Materials and videos are free online and as downloads.

Please join me in this Lenten Study. Sign up with the Brothers to receive a daily email and links to other materials. Let us speak with and listen to each other using this Blog. Each day that you are able, inspired, or otherwise moved, you are invited to comment and to read the comments of others as we respond to the daily emails from the Brothers. ~Fr. Dan