“20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelations 3:20 New International Version
In January 2010, a Clinical Pastoral Education Resident and I started writing a book titled ‘NOT I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP: On Death and Dying: a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Perspective. Today, the book is one chapter shy of being sent to the publisher. Imagine that, one chapter holding up the publication of many chapters.
Procrastination (stalling, delay, postponement) is not always friend and should never be a show stopper. I heard the Voice say unto me, “Write the vision for the grief stricken.” And I promptly engaged a co-writer and contributing writers, all of whom have completed their work. The book has been proof-read by three people and corrections have been made. Just as I was wrapping u[ the corrections, I realized that it was needful to write a chapter about the realities of death from the Psalmist perspective and I titled it “Becoming Un-knitted.”
This week, we are launching Space for Grace Fellowship Center: The Inclusive Gathering. The Vision: Creating safe space for inclusive spiritual development. This particular vision is born out of a sense that too many folk have been held back from the opportunity to freely develop their spirituality; a people who hear God differently from the preconceived traditional ways.
How often do we hear that eternal, sweet Voice of the Divine calling us, putting in our heart ideas that become like fire locked up in our bones…and then, procrastination comes along and the vision takes a back burner, so to speak; Days, weeks, months and, God forbid, years go by and we have yet to write the vision and make it plan.
The writer of Revelation could make more than a supposition by changing “if” to “when.” God is always speaking, the real question becomes, “Am I hearing?” “When” gives the hearer the benefit of the doubt whereas the word “if” is often the parent of doubt. When I hear with my third ear or feel with my spiritual heart that I am drawn to being still, to writing, to praying, to reflecting; when the Holy Spirit whisper peace upon my troubled soul and, when I long for intimate moments with my God, I am given a divine meal of God’s vision that calls me to again, make it so plan that a child can understand it.
What is the Spirit saying to you today?
Becoming Un-knitted has been on hold long enough. I do hear the Spirit is saying to me, “It’s time to wrap it up.”
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.