In idle chit-chat we seek comfort from one another and we hope to lighten our distracted hearts.

- Thomas a' Kempis

September 2014

 

Our souls are deeply connected to God through the indwelling Spirit of God. Yet, too often, this connection gets buried under obligations, routines, and distractions—we loose sight of our truest self. That disconnection leads to all sorts of things—the most obvious is feeling lonely and empty.

Unfortunately, the most natural thing we do when confronted with those feelings is to fill them: with food, work, family, friends, ministry, and sometimes, even things we would say are sinful.

A life of prayer, or as some call it, the spiritual or interior life, opens us to who we are and who God is. Christian thinkers throughout history talk about knowing ourselves in ways that open us to God and knowing God in ways that inform our knowledge of self. In others words, it’s hard to come face-to-face with God without coming face-to-face with ourselves and vice versa.

We need prayer to learn how to pay attention to God, to others, and to ourselves… so that, over time we become increasingly present to and shaped by the ways of God.

The Psalms are one of the best places to learn to find ourselves in God and to find God’s story in us. The Psalms don’t do the praying for us, they merely help us find our own voice—training us to be present and genuine to God in any moment of life.

I am seeking a life of attention—of paying attention to God in such a way that prayer becomes part of the fabric of my life. I believe this is best done in community. Recently, I started a Men’s group to pay attention, to prayerfully come under the Word, to discuss what we hear the Spirit saying to us in His Word, and then to pray for one another as we go out into our day and week.

As you think of us, will you pray? We are each involved in some form of ministry. Each of us are responsible to and for people. Each of us are feeling the need for community in our pursuit of Him.

Because He Is Near,

Dave Shepherd

Lead Follower

 

 

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2 Comments »

  1. Wanting to know if you still do marriage counseling in Thailand.

    Comment by Randy P — September 11, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

  2. Hello Randy,

    I believe my wife wrote you recently on this. Our direct email address is: dave@meintl.org and jeanni@meintl.org

    Comment by David Shepherd — September 30, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

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