Lost my Spiritual Groove
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
I’m no Benedictine Monk. I can’t get up at 4 a.m. to pray. I sit in church and it feels flat—and it’s not just the choir. I used to pray…. once. I used to feel energized by my faith… now, not so much. It feels like a lot of work. And some of it, honestly, seems dumb. I used to thirst for God…. now I’m not even thirsty. How do I get back in the groove? How do I find hope and joy—and the sense that this whole faith thing is worth it? Sometimes you just give up your quest for the Fountain of Faith and just sit, and let God find you in all the wrong places. In this retreat we’ll shed all our expectations of being Prayer Warriors and instead listen for the One Who Is With Us, even in the dry stretches. We’ll explore some practices that aren’t burdensome, but set us free to discover hope and encounter the Beloved, even if it feels like we’re starting all over again.
About the leader(s)
Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, songwriter and pastor of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Acton, MA. He writes daily reflections at unfoldinglight.net. From 1973 to 2012 he wrote and performed with the Montana Logging and Ballet Company, a quartet that performed music and comedy around the country and occasionally on NPR’s Weekend Edition.