Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Today I spent some time studying - reading a couple of commentaries on 1 & 2 Samuel to be exact.

I loved a comment by Eugene Peterson:
For the biblical way is not so much to present us with a moral code and tell us "Live up to this"; nor is it to set out a system of doctrine and say, "Think like this and you will live well". The biblical way is to tell a story and invite us, "Live into this. This is what it looks like to be human; this is what is involved in entering and maturing as human beings.

He goes onto talk about how as we submit our lives to what we read in 1 & 2 Samuel: "we find that we are not being led to see God in our stories but to see our stories in God's."

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Had an Anglican "Year of Discernment" meeting tonight. Mostly about being a chaplain in schools, hospitals and universities - not a riverting meeting!!!! However, we met at an Anglocatholic church and as is the custom one of the priests from there told us a bit about the parish. Interesting ... but most interesting was the art in the room we met in.
They have a group that meet on Wednesdays to do art together and explore spirituality through art ... and they have done some great stuff ... and then occasionally they have an exhibition and after church on the Sunday the person whose art is mostly displayed talks about their art.
Interesting - I loved it ... some amazing art and ace space for spiritual exploration.
I had an exciting day yesterday ... one of those days where I just know that God's around and that he's much bigger than me ... it makes me excited about life! I was having a conversation about faith stuff with someone and another firend was praying for the onversation and then later we realised that the exact things she prayed for happened in the conversation that I had ... and as well ( on the same day) I had sent an email about a bbq for people in my community that some others and I had decided to initiate and one of the people who I sent it to rang and said "we were walking through that park the other day and said to each other - we should have a bbq here" ... small in some ways but a reminder to me of God being so in the picture and beng caught up in an adventure beyond ourselves!