Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Heart and Soul 2016

A reflection shared at Heart and Soul 2016
It's been a joy and a privilege to journey with the folks on Path of Renewal exploring what it means to be Involved with God in God's mission today - something that is different in every context and for every community but that has some basic principles, and even some ancient ways.
In our last gathering on Path of Renewal, we were re-imagining discipleship for today, looking again at Jesus example, at how he made disciples and modelled discipleship.
Discipleship is playing a huge part in our journeying together.
We're wresting with the question: How can we be disciples and how can we make disciples today?
Of course there are lessons to be learned from People of the Way all through Scripture as they journeyed on paths Unknown:
The Psalmists - saw themselves as People of the Way - in light and in darkness, in their brightest moments and in their trials.
They saw the presence and the word of God lighting up the way ahead for them at every turn.
In Psalm 23, we read: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, he makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me by still waters - Describing an ancient path and an ancient promise.
The Psalmists' route was never an easy one, nor straightforward. 
But they travelled with hope and with vision.
It's that kind of hope and that kind of vision that sustain People of the Way today.
To get to those green pastures and those still waters involves, first of all, negotiating some fairly difficult dry scrub land, places, it seems, with which we're more familiar - sometimes places in which we are tempted to linger because they are so well-known and well-loved.
But God's vision for us is for so much more - green pastures and still waters.
Today, God still leads us to those places of abundance. For that is Gods will for all Gods people.
Our calling is to live into and out of that abundance, to recapture the vision and the promise of God as people of the way for this age.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 

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