Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Word

A very wise friend offers the follow challenge for finding a Word to bring new life in your life in 2015. The Apostle John opened his book by saying; "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God."
In ancient times, wise men and women fled out into the desert to find a place where they could be fully present to God and to their own inner struggles at work within them. The desert became a place to enter into the refiner’s fire and be stripped down to one’s holy essence. The desert was a threshold place where you emerged different than when you entered.
Many people followed these ammas and abbas, seeking their wisdom and guidance for a meaningful life. One tradition was to ask for a word – this word or phrase would be something on which to ponder for many days, weeks, months, sometimes a whole lifetime. This practice is connected to lectio divina, where we approach the sacred texts with the same request – “give me a word” - something to nourish us, challenge us, a word we can wrestle with and grow into. The word which chooses us has the potential to transform us.
What is your word for the year ahead? 
A word which contains within it a seed of invitation to cross a new threshold in our lives?


My word for 2015 is "Kindness." I believe that I need to strive to be filled with a spirit of kindness that goes with other fruit of the Spirit, including, "Love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control.  These traits can only be lived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Happy New Year

1 comment:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.