Spiritual Practices: Series Introduction

“Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened…But we had hoped that he was the one…” -Luke 24: 13-14, 21

I don’t know that I have ever had a favorite scripture. I’m rather disillusioned by cherry-picked verses screen-printed on mugs, t-shirts and rustic wall signs. The trappings of consumer Christianity have left me cynical and jaded, if I’m being completely honest. 

And then– a text shimmers– and I am reminded why I just can’t let go of this journey of faith. The Word reveals and illuminates and I am drawn in again by the complexity, honesty and mystery of the Good News.

But we had hoped. 

Brutal honesty. Disappointment. Discouragement. 

But we had hoped. 

After the whole thing goes up in flames, the disciples talk together as they walk along the way. 

Perhaps deconstruction is written off as trendy now, but many of us have had our own Emmaus Road moments. The betrayal, the diagnosis, the death. No matter the form, at some point the rug of our faith gets pulled out from under us and we are left wounded, broken, wondering…wait, what? 

But we had hoped. 

Where do we turn when our assumptions about the future are upended? When the world gets rearranged against our will? When structures and institutions we have trusted and invested in cause great harm? 

It’s tempting to shake the dust off our feet and move on. To redefine everything; to choose to be spiritual but not religious (as if it all parses out so neatly). However, in the face of distress and pain, we need safe spaces to reflect, to share and to (ultimately) heal.

In this series we will explore practices connected to three distinct spaces: processed past, grounded present, and a hopeful future. Join us in thoughtful engagement and life-giving spiritual practices that will nurture your spiritual well-being.


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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

Published by shergerber

Pastor, momma & home baker in the Shenandoah Valley

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