Yield for Spirit Work 
Monday, October 24, 2005, 03:27 PM
Working on my sermon about loving God, with all our heart, soul, and strength, I considered spiritual formation and an article about it in the Fall 2005 issue of Cornerstone, a magazine from the Presbyterian Foundation. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has an Office of Spiritual Formation to call for more attention to a holistic understanding of Christian life that included the heart as well as the head.

The world has child care, hospitals, educational opportunities, social services, fellowship and community groups, concerts and drama, (I even saw a funeral home with grief counselors, memorial services and support groups!) All these ministries the church has pioneered and traditionally provided, all to the glory of God and for the good of God's people.

What secular people lack now is a soul care center. A place for God in their lives and relationships. There is no where in the secular world one can go to find help in the spiritual disciplines that help us be more attuned to God's spirit working in our lives and in the world.

We live in a pleasure-seeking, results-oriented society. The idea of spending the time and effort spiritual discipline invite is alien to most. And so souls starve.

We have a precious gift to share with our friends and neighbors who are going fast to nowhere building massive houses that are not homes, spinning from one shallow relationship to another, seeking thrills of the moment instead of faith for eternity.

In our study groups, prayer groups, funeral dinners, retreats, weekly worship, prayer partners, we have something unique and needed by others...lets invite them to make God's house their soul's home for the holidays.

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