Tonight was the official beginning of the spiritual direction program through Columbia Theological Seminary.
Like many things, our first residency was not a residency, but rather a zoom introduction. We will have other monthly opportunities to build community these next three months with hopes we will be able to meet in person in the Spring.
We began our time together with Simple Presence, a short reading and three minutes of silence. CeCe Balboni, our cohort leader for this session, led us. She read a portion of Psalm 132 from Nan Merrill's Psalm Prayers, one of our required books.
As we listened to the reading, these words and phrases stood out to me:
- be not afraid
Those who follow the way of Love with calm and faith-filled intent, Know that all is working toward healing and wholeness. And may the healing power of Love lift you from the limitations of fear and ignorance into the arms of freedom. May the peace of the Spirit bless you, and lead you on life’s journey. Be not afraid of the Silence, for Wisdom’s Voice is heard there!