Castleton UMC Blog
Spiritual Reflection and Growth
With all of the potential distractions this time of year, we are called to stay awake, be prepared, and have focus. My prayer for today is to keep my focus on the coming of Christ during this season. It’s not always easy, but if we look toward all the things that could distract us and remember God, then maybe we’ll be focused.
Giving thanks goes beyond saying thank you. It’s a deeper recognition of the interconnectedness of life.
Who are the saints in your life that you would like to give thanks for today? Perhaps you have family members who lived and died in the faith and shared that faith with you that you remember today. It could be a pastor, a close and faithful friend from church, or even a historical saint whom you never met, but who still had a strong influence on your life that you wish to give thanks for today.
What I have learned from Merton, Nouwen, and the brothers of Saint Gregory’s is that deep breathing can become our deepest prayers.
It’s essential for us to be praying for our city. We are invited to pray for all of our communities; where we live, work, play, and worship.
Have you ever felt stuck spiritually? I know I have. If you are feeling stuck, don’t worry. Simply try again and allow the grace of God to wash over your soul.
Do we need another Saint Francis? Instead, maybe people of faith should do what we are called to do, following those who have gone before us
Unadulterated Joy is pure and has nothing added to it. Just joy. When was the last time you experienced unadulterated joy?
Giving thanks is always a good practice. Do you ever have times when you are reminded you of something or someone you are thankful for?