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Soulful Journey

February 19, 2018

If your journey is indeed a pilgrimage, a soulful journey, it will be rigorous.

~Phil Cousineau


When it comes to spiritual practice, I want lots of affirmation so I know I am on the right track. If I'm going to put in the time and effort, I expect a payoff like I'm not so easily triggered when someone sends me a nasty email.  Or I offer hospitality when I'm in my hermit mode.  Or, or, or. When I commit to the rigor of discipline, shouldn't there be evidence of God's work in my life?


Soulful journey requires a determination to a long-haul commitment to follow Jesus, no matter the visible fruit.  Sometimes I think we expect too much from ourselves, or really, if I am honest with myself, not enough. I try for a while, then give up because I grow weary.  Or get discouraged because I'm writing the exact same complaints in my journal as I did in 2009.


What did Bonhoeffer say about the cost of discipleship? I want to forget. Oh, yeah, there it is. It costs us everything.


So, back to the rigors of Lent.  I continue in my fast.  I continue in my spiritual practice.  I offer myself and hope for transformation.  But if none comes, with the Spirit's help,  I will keep my eyes set upon the One who transforms.



Be Thou My Vision, "Joy Comes in the Morning," May 22-25, 2018.

Pilgrimage to Lindisfarne and Iona, "Beyond These Shores," Sept. 2-12, 2018.








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