Work harder. Be better. Do more.
These are the voices of the world. Day in and day out, clamoring for your attention and cluttering up your spirit.
Abide in God’s presence. Deepen your roots. Revive your soul.
This is the heart of spiritual direction. For ancient Christians seeking solace in hostile centuries to believers today, spiritual direction has provided a path to knowing and experiencing God more fully. The path is often winding and slow. The journey along it is life-giving and life-changing.
Through guided prayer, contemplation of God, and practice of the spiritual disciplines, spiritual direction can lead you into deeper intimacy with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Through the spiritual direction relationship, you are invited to experience the wholeness that comes from abiding in the quiet, transformative love of our ever-present Immanuel.
Life is good at making that love feel further and further away. Perhaps this love was real to you once; perhaps you know of it and yet have never known it as your own. Painful experiences, wounds old and new, sorrow we cannot shake–all serve to obscure the reality of Christ’s presence with us. Life hurts. So we stay busy, we work hard, and we skim the surface of our souls.
It is time to stop skimming.
As you participate in spiritual direction, you will notice how God sees, hears, directs, and loves you. He longs to bless and redeem every nook and cranny of who you are, who you have been, and who you have yet to be. Seeing takes time. Listening takes trust. Spiritual direction embraces that time and nurtures that trust.