I have the privilege of routinely teaching a local or teleclass version of A Living Sacrifice: Biblical Principles for “Self” Care. Lay leaders and clergy from across the country have continued to shape this and bless it greatly through their own stories and wisdom.
After four years of teaching this course, I am still deeply moved by the Word’s promise and by the hope it stirs in attendees. While the class in rooted in reflections on Romans 12 (especially vs. 1-2), the image of a “living sacrifice” or of a life aflame with love BUT NOT EXTINGUISHED have often led us to meditate on Moses and his encounter with the burning bush in Exodus 3. Encounter with the Holy, with a new call, with a fiery vision that claimed Moses for work he could not imagine himself to be up for. And we linger with the feeling of awe passed down through the ages: the attention-getting “I am who I am” is alive with creative Exodusing. Then and now. Beyond what and who we can imagine. Alive with possibility. A sustained and sustaining message.
This is what my clients and students want for their lives. And what I want for mine. Lives ablaze, lived fully and generously with grace. Given to others and yet replenished by the enlivening Spirit. Biblical PRINCIPLES help us to make choices which cultivate space for Divine renewal. If this sounds like something you’d like support for in 2013, we’d love to have you join us on the “living well” journey. Sign-up for the January 2013 class (Fridays at 8am) here.