Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Date: September 23, 2020

Yesterday, given it was Quiet Day, I booked a session with my Spiritual Director. The Seminary encourages us all to participate in Spiritual Direction. Graduate school is often focused on the hard work of the head – clarifying your ideas and arguments about this or that issue; and inevitably, the Seminary lifts up community and those regular interactions with each other at lunch and in our communal living around the campus. But it is in Spiritual Direction that a person is invited to share their intimate life – their experience of God, their fears, and hopes. Spiritual Direction is important. My Spiritual Director and I talked at great length about the phrase in the Lord’s Prayer – “Lead us not into temptation” or better “Save us from the time of trial.” The prayer recognizes that moments of ordeal – moments when happiness is difficult to find and decisions are complex – are part of the journey of life. We are invited to ask God to save us from these ordeals because they are hard. They can be brutal. And when, for whatever reason known only to God, we are forced to live through an ordeal, we do so knowing that we walk this agony with God, trusting and hoping that God will get us through. These discussions are life-giving to me. They change my perspective on the moment; I see a little more clearly what God is seeking to do in my life. I learn from these sessions; I commend the practice to you. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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