“The story is told of Mother Theresa that when an interviewer asked her. "What do you say when you pray?" she answered, "I listen." The reporters paused a moment, then asked, "Then what does God say?" and she replied, "He listens." It is hard to imagine a more succinct way to get at the intimacy of contemplative prayer.”
― Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
If you are able to be at home more during this time of quarantine, it may be tempting to get some projects done around the house. Let's take care not to neglect the projects that build up our foundation. This is the perfect time to dive deeply into spiritual practices that build our relationship with Christ, center us in our deepest values, and fill our spiritual and emotional reservoirs.
One of the essential spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith is contemplative prayer, but there are many others. Spiritual disciplines are faithful practices that help us build up, strengthen, and deepen our faith. Others include, fasting, lectio devina, giving, thanksgiving, serving, worship, confession, sabbath, fellowship, journal keeping, Bible Study, silence.
You can find more about these spiritual disciplines on our "worship at home" page. When we are able to worship again, it will be with more joy, more depth, and will have more ability to transform us and the world if we spend daily time building our intimate relationship with God.
Rev. Jana Quisenberry is the minister at Brightwood Christian Church. She's an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN, She now resides in Mt. Lebanon with her husband, two children, and dog, Sookie. Pastor Jana loves the church, science fiction, and coffee.
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