Fanning the Flame #4

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;  I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”  Psalm 32:8

Well, the Fanning the Flame team has been formed, and we’ve been given our first task — meditation and prayer about the 10 strategies that will help us become a healthier, more vibrant church.  We’ve been provided with some excellent material on the discipline of meditation from Celebration of Discipline:  The Pathway to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster, to help us get started.

Every member is to spend time each day meditating and asking God to tell us “the way we should go.” We’re to carry notecards with us, and every time an image, idea or Scripture comes into our mind that gives us a picture of how our congregation should look in 3-5 years, we are to write it down. These ideas are to be specific, not vague.  We’re not to go back to “edit” our thoughts and we’re not to speak with one another about them (yet).

At the next meeting with our coach, all the ideas will be examined.  We’ll see the desires that God has given us for our community.  Hopefully there will be duplications, or themes that send us in the right direction.

I’m finding this an exciting exercise.  It’s encouraging me to put my heart, mind and soul into my prayer life.  I can’t wait to see what happens next!  Keep us in your prayers, readers, as we continue this journey in faith.

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Where Am I Going–a quote by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to love as Christ loved does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. ~ Thomas Merton