March 24, 2017
Dear Life in the City Friends,
I was deeply blessed yesterday to meet Paula D’Arcy. Perhaps you have heard of her. She’s an international speaker, retreat leader, and author of several bestselling books including Gift of the Red Bird and Sacred Threshold, A New Set of Eyes. It was a delight to break bread with her. Our encounter inspired me this morning to reread Gift of the Red Bird.
As so often happens, the timing of our meeting could not have been more opportune. Even though I had not realized it when we put it on the calendar, it was truly a divine appointment. My soul needed our conversation. My heart longed to re-engage with her journey of discovery from knowing about God to being with God in relationship. Before our lunch, I had not realized just how much my spirit was yearning for her wisdom about the difference between needing to serve God and being willing to serve God.
It is so very important for us to take the time every day to be inspired and nourished by God’s very presence, simply by being with God. We get so busy doing—for God, our significant others, our children, our parents, our friend, our workplace—that we can lose sight of what makes our life meaningful, fulfilling, and fruitful. When we take the time to be real with God, our life journey begins to take on new meaning and purpose. We realize just how much we are loved and how this divine love changes everything.
We’ll be going deeper into this topic of spiritual journey and our challenge to recognize God’s presence in our midst. Our conversation partner will be the story of the Emmaus Walk in the 24th chapter of the Gospel of Luke. My hope and prayer is for you to come to worship expecting to have your heart set aflame by God’s love and grace.