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