LOOSENING OUR GRIP 01/27/2017

When we take our social role too seriously the first thing we lose is our sense of humor.

For ministers, wearing a robe or a stole on Sundays provides ritualistic breathing room. The role of priest can be put on for worship, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and then taken off again. I know some ministers who, figuratively speaking, wear their robe all week long—they can’t pull themselves out of the role. Just think if, when you put on a pair of gloves, you couldn’t take them off again. That would be horrible. The beauty of gloves is we can put them on when dealing with splinters, then set them aside when we’re massaging our spouse’s back. Our roles are like robes or gloves that can be set aside.

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Some of the most well balanced and joyful people I know are multi-dimensional. They don’t subscribe to just one role, but several. Sometimes these roles seem contradictory. I have a friend in New York who’s a corporate lawyer by day, dressed in starched shirts and patent leather Italian shoes. On Friday and Saturday nights he’s the drummer for a blues band, dressed in a t-shirt and torn jeans. I have another friend who is a straight-laced Christian minister during the week and a Harley Davidson riding leather-clad mamma on weekends. She looks up New Testament Greek for her sermons on Wednesdays and polishes her hog on Saturdays.

 

David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer reenergized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings.  Centering Prayer Meditations: Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God is a wonderful companion audio program  created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide – gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.