Reflection by Sister Ana

Presence in the Pines

Jessen-1Jessen-2For many Christians, failing to feel God’s presence seems like a personal failure of their faith.  According to Reverend Randy Jessen, failing to feel the presence of God is neither a failure of faith nor a condition that hinders God’s ability to accomplish incredible things through those who feel afflicted by feeling an absence of God.  On Saturday, September 28 Randy Jessen, the Pastor of Parker United Methodist Church guided us through the biographies of four important Spiritual Leaders of the 20th Century:  Dietrich Bonheoffer, Henri Nouwen, Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa.  They all accomplished great success in the eyes of the public (Their writings and lives inspire us to this day) and yet they all experienced the depths of personal darkness.  The day with Rev. Randy was shared with about 25 attendees.  Each of us drawn to the story one or more of the four people presented.  However, we all…

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About WalkingwithBenedict

I love how scripture comes alive with messages for our lives today. In praying with scripture, we are called into deeper relationship with God and others. We are called to the growth in love, hospitality, peace, humility, stewardship and hope. St Benedict's Rule provides a lens for how scripture can be lived in our lives today whether we live inside or outside a monastery.
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