Last night we engaged in a powerful reflection on God's ways of how we sense his presence in our lives. Some people said that they felt God revealing his "glory," through dreams, thunder, hugs, silent voices, wisdom, and more. But what inspired me was how one student talked about a profoundly intimate encounter with God. They described the encounter as God penetrating their whole being.
I also saw how we enter that liminal space spiritually when asking Jesus to help us with our unbelief. We believe, but we also have unbelief.
From here we were challenged to do the following this week:
Write a letter to God expressing what He has revealed to you about your current challenges.
Share with a family member or friend something that was revealed to you in tonight's session.
Create a representation (poem, image, song) of your perseverance or revelation experience to share with the group next week.
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Faith in waiting is enormous; we humans often want something instantaneously. Whenever we wait and are patient with ourselves, hoping that our light is growing brighter, we are on a path of enlightenment. The waiting helps me turn on the light of expectation, the light of growing in the word of Christ. My spirit wants to lead me, to turn on the light of hope; turn on the light of faith. As we journey daily, we discover our gifts from above; the light shines brighter. Turn it on!! In the book of Matthew 5:11, He speaks of the light, "You are the light of the world".
Being a Christ-conscious person, every day, I discover a word to lift me, a sentence in the word that inspires me, and the angel of light to see me through the expectation of yet another day.
Barbara, your theological question, "How am I behaving as I wait for the coming of the Lord?" is inspiring! We know the Lord is coming, but are we living what we profess, "As we wait for the joyful coming of the Lord," are we that shining light? I like the idea of making room for Jesus by controlling my surroundings. Less noise and more concentration on the Christ in me. You are spiritual and motivating.
What was revealed to me this week that I have shared is the similarity between Advent and waiting in the waiting room. Both require patience, but according to Joyce Meyer, “patience is not simply the ability to wait—it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” That really got me thinking. How am I behaving as I wait for the coming of the Lord? Am I shining my light in the midst of the world's darkness? Am I using this time to learn more about Jesus? Am I spending time in silence and contemplation so that I am prepared to hear God’s voice? These are my goals.