A long time ago in a state far, far away, i began the habit of a monthly spiritual reflection for the congregational newsletter.
my observation was that congregational newsletters tended by nature to be a collection of unrelated announcements, calendar items, and bad poems. it is a losing battle to get me to read them. but once in a while i would encounter a spiritual reflection that i found life giving and inspirational. to this i aspired as well.
this was long before i learned about journal keeping as a spiritual discipline. for that matter, it was before i ever heard of spiritual disciplines let along journal keeping as one of them. but i found the practice to be helpful for me and have continued the practice for about 20 years now.
eventually, when i began to learn about journal keeping and spiritual disciplines, i saw that this was what i was doing -- on a slow scale. serious journal keepers make daily entries, and serious journalists often publish weekly columns. since my reflection remained in the congregation's monthly newsletter, a monthly entry, one-page long, i'll happily admit that I make no claim to being serious!
but the blog has come of age. and my youngest daughter's blog has inspired me. so let's see what happens. at this point i am not making a commitment to writing more than once a month, in keeping with the parish newsletter schedule. but i think it would be good for me to write at least weekly. so, here we go. if you read this, i pray that your own quest for more of God will find encouragement here.
the Lord be with you