To me, the Gospel of John, particularly 15:10-17, suggests that we are here on earth to become God’s friends. We are not to here to do something that we don’t want to do but a task we will want to do when we understand and believe in its purpose. Being drawn into Christ’s work of redemption creates within and among us a shared life, a joyful life.
For me, becoming a friend of the Divine was like walking around with an ear to the ground in a cornfield. I was confident enough in what others’ had told me to be out there acting like a crazy person, but I didn’t really expect to hear anything or to be shook up. Now, I’d like to be out there all the time.
There is a Spirit that means well, that intends for our wholeness. It’s like Lloyd Lee Wilson has said, “It’s not the Gospel unless it’s good news for everyone.” What heals you, heals me. What lifts me up, lifts you up. I haven’t found that I can lift anyone else up. What I’ve found is that bringing myself down, becoming more humble, allows God to work in me, which heals me and lifts me up – creating a conduit through which God might reach someone else.
With other Friends, I am following a leading to name the spiritual condition of the world. My current task is to be an example of what that work entails. I have been guided to go to those whom society has excluded, to perceive the movement of the Holy Spirit among them, and then tell everyone about it. I expect the message will be, “The world excludes and divides, God does not. God includes and heals.” I could be wrong. I’ll let you know.
In particular, Providence has me (starting next week) facilitating a Centering Prayer group in a prison. I have visited the facility twice and have enjoyed being there. I believe that the inmates’ desire for quiet precipitated this opportunity. I, who have been sitting in silence alone and with Friends for almost a decade, plan to provide them with the steps for creating a calm mind and still spirit, the elements necessary for reflecting Christ’s life.
I will be sharing my observations of the Holy Spirit’s movement in this work via this blog over the next ten weeks or so. I invite you to follow along and be a witness to this ongoing Story.