After waking up this morning around 5:00 am, I looked out my window to see what further snow accumulation there might be. What I saw was a beautiful full moon lighting up the snow covered landscape. As I gave thanks to God for the gentle, wondrous and silent display, I was reminded of the folks who were still affected by the flooding along the eastern coast, caused in part by the full moon last night. I took a moment to offer up prayers for them and others.
An hour or so later I could see by a different light from another window, though at first not the source of the light itself. Then, as the dawn further broke and the golden-orange sun appeared on the horizon, I gave thanks for the new day.
And now, looking out my front window again, I see one neighbor helping others, clearing the additional snow which fell since their first clearing yesterday.
Although we won’t be having activities at Church of the Open Door today, we are certainly able to "have" and "be" church, the "body of Christ" on this, the Lord’s Day, or any day of the week.
As this month’s screen-saver background on my computer suggests, we can "Go deeper with God" in our homes, our neighborhoods and other places, as well as the place we call church.
So, let me invite you to consider today the theme/topic for what will now be next Sunday’s Worshipful Conversation worship service at Church of the Open Door . . . spirituality.
More specifically, we will consider what may be called "spiritual types", "spirituality types", or "spiritual personality types".
Have you ever wondered why different people, including yourself, are naturally drawn to different ways of searching for and finding God, or may have difficulty relating to a "Divine Being" at all? Have you ever thought about all the different expressions of faith, even within Christianity itself: in belief, feeling, personal practice, worship, and social standards or actions? I have found that these can be better understood and appreciated by learning about what I will call "Spiritual Types" as found in the Living Prayer Center of The Upper Room ministry.
Consider again my opening to today’s reflection. As you may have noticed in past sermons and postings, I favor a personal connection and relationship with the natural world, which I believe is God’s creation. Further, I think, believe, feel, and sense God "speaking" to me through that creation. You may have noticed that the Psalmists and some other writers of scripture also speak of these things. Consider Psalm 19:1-4(NIV):
"The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,"
Other writings (like Proverbs, Kings, Chronicles, etc.) speak more of history, teaching, wisdom, order, etc. Still others, like the Prophets, speak of keeping God’s commandments or Law, doing justice, and showing mercy and kindness. These are only some examples of the various expressions of spiritual types.
While you are spending some alone or family time today, I invite you to check out the questionnaire and descriptions (other sources use slightly different names of types) from The Living Prayer Center to discover your own "spiritual type" at;
Spiritual Types Test - Living Prayer Center
If you search the topic you may find other similar words/definitions used to describe the idea. Keep in mind that the point is that there is more than one way to approach, discover and relate to what we call our spiritual nature. The Holy Bible reveals to us that is how God designed and relates to us. In fact, it also says that God searches for and finds us as well. (Gen. 3:8ff.; Lk. 19:9-11; John 10:7-18)
My intent is to help people identify and learn more of their own "Spirituality Type", as well as better understand and appreciate the differences of others, and how that can impact our appreciation and value of differing styles and components of worship, and other aspects of Christian life. This also has a bearing on understanding and appreciating our sisters and brothers in Christ of other Christian denominations as well, and even for people of other faiths.
Please invite others and join us for worshipful conversation next Sunday. We will have the opportunity to learn further from the scriptures and share with one another about our walk with God and living our faith in our everyday lives.
With the Love of One, in Christ,
<>< Pastor Neil