By L. Roger Owens
"I problem you to get via a bankruptcy of this booklet with out a wish for God being struck on your soul. Roger Owens wears his brilliance frivolously and loves phrases tenderly and lavishly in those pages. he's ferociously talented, and quick turning into one of many abbas to whom the examining church frequently turns for a observe from the Lord." -Jason Byassee, Senior Pastor of Boone United Methodist Church and a Fellow in Theology & management at Duke Divinity institution With a method and heat of presentation that would remind readers of Henri Nouwen's most well liked paintings, Abba supply Me a notice interweaves the author's own tales of fight – and transformation – with reflections at the background and goal of religious path. the result's a sensible creation to an historical paintings and perform of "soul care" – directed at Christians of all backgrounds. "This is a consultant for these longing for a significant but pleased trip from isolation to communion. it really is approximately companionship on the...
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Many Sundays he was an usher, and he relished the job of standing at his post and greeting worshipers with a handshake, a bulletin, and a jolly smile. I think I learned this from him as well, because I am a habitual churchgoer, always the first one ready in my house, and not just because I’m the preacher. But I didn’t learn prayer, how to understand the motions of pain and sorrow, joy and hope that are like tides in the soul’s depths. His life shed no light on that for me. I had grown up in a house with a father who taught me everything other fathers teach their kids.
Thinking about these questions might help to refine your search as you begin. But remember, you shouldn’t be too rigid ahead of time. It’s impossible to say in advance how God’s Spirit will move and how God can form a lasting and beneficial spiritual relationship out of unlikely friends. And then the search begins. Here my individual experience won’t be much help, because I doubt getting invited to a birthday party at the Cola Café will help you find a spiritual director. There’s nothing scientific about the search for a spiritual director.
I’ll have the prayer after our silence,” Larry said, as he began to untie his shoes and take them off like a real, live Mr. Rogers right in front of me. As he took off his shoes, he reminded me that during the silence I might want to sit comfortably with my feet on the floor and my hands resting in my lap. I shifted in my seat as he placed his shoes next to him, then we closed our eyes and settled into the silence. There I was, the young monk in the abba’s cell, thinking I’d come for a word.
Abba, Give Me a Word. The Path of Spiritual Direction by L. Roger Owens