Linking up with http://www.Fiveminutefriday.com (Saturday for me) The rules are: set a timer and free write for five minutes on word prompt, then share.
Last week’s word was practice and this week’s is promise for Five Minute Friday. I never quite made it to last week’s due to life, but for me these two go together right now. I am in the middle, literally, of a 50 day liturgical practice. Tamara Hill Murphy mentioned on her blog about Eastertide https://www.tamarahillmurphy.com/blogthissacramentallife/eastertide/2019/4/18-3 which although I had grown up in a liturgical church, I had never heard of practicing it. I was coming off of being intentional with Lent and thought this idea was marvelous. She worded it in a way that was inviting using the term “practice resurrection” after a line in a Wendell Berry poem. I was in. So I have been practicing resurrection, looking for life, for new life, for gifts, for redemption. https://inkblotlife.com/category/practicing-resurrection-2019/ This week I realized I was half way, which seemed not as far as I thought we were along. Which made me realize how this practice had slowed time down as Ann Voskamp says it would:
Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this, this is the only way to slow time: When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here. I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment.
And when I’m always looking for the next glimpse of glory, I slow and enter. And time slows. Weigh down this moment in time with attention full, and the whole of time’s river slows, slows, slows.
This week I was thinking about the disciples and how they were actually waiting during this time period for Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit. They knew only what Christ had said… and so they stayed in Jerusalem and waited… they had no idea what they were specifically waiting for, but they chose to trust Jesus and wait. They did not have a time frame like I do, only a hope and a trust in Jesus’ promise… Oh to trust even when there is no time frame, and no real specifics because I trust the heart of Christ, and know that He always keeps his promises.