Forever reliant on God.

(Photo taken at Camp St. John at Marywood retreat center)

When my dear friend Kim saw this photo of one of God’s more colorful creatures, she shared this acronym with me: “FROG: forever reliant on God.”

What does it mean to be forever reliant on God?

As this “introvert-intuitive-feeler” comes off of serving as a spiritual director for a busy retreat weekend (which came on the heels of a very busy couple of months), my soul longs for quietness and rest.  In today’s reading in Silence and Stillness in Every Season, John Main writes that meditation is vitally important because “it prepares us for the real freedom that lives and rejoices at the heart of this mystery within us… To pray in the infinite depths of our spirit, which is the depth of God, is to be utterly free” (page 264).

This afternoon, I used this excerpt as a meditative lead for a session of contemplative prayer with a small cadre of dedicated staff at one of Jacksonville’s homeless shelters.  Once each week, this group gathers to take time out of a frenetic schedule, to find that still point, to set aside twenty-five minutes for quiet.  To rest and plumb the depths before gathering ourselves to go out.

We plumb the depths so we can be, if not utterly free, at least a little more free of self.  We plumb the depths so we can once again be present with our brothers and sisters.

About Mother Beth Tjoflat

Episcopal priest, urban contemplative, playwright, lover of hounds, American of Chilean-Norwegian-Moravian descent. Interests include transformational ministry with the forgotten and marginalized; church planting and congregational development; 12-step spirituality; Hispanic ministry; radical hospitality, and spending time with dear friends.
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2 Responses to Forever reliant on God.

  1. Elizabeth Free says:

    Quiet is so hard to find. The loudest is right between my ears! I hope you get some rest so you can be revived for your work in the vineyard here!

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