January 5, 2017
So, after nearly a week, how is the New Year unfolding for you? I really enjoy this time of year because everything seems to move a bit slower. We have not yet built up a full head of steam to push into the future and, so we are more inclined to live in the present. That is a good thing. Part of the work is to build the practices into our lives that are necessary to keep us in the present all year. That brings me to the new teaching series.
“Unleashing the Beauty Within” will be a simple four or five-part series for the next several Sundays. Each of us has a latent beauty deep within us. There are times that we see it, feel it, and live from it, but for many of us, these times seem few and far between. The purpose of this new sermon series is to understand and engage in four practices that will make these flashes of beauty become more of a constant beam shining from our soul. By unpacking the practices of acceptance, consideration, responsiveness and contentment, we will uncover the latent beauty deep within. We will talk about how to engage with God in a way that allows us to simply become what we already are.
I hope that you can join us and move into this new year with a fresh perspective on what is important and how to live in a way that brings life to you and those around you.
Some things that I would like to ask you to pray/continue to pray for and about. The DePhillipis family lost their teenage son Ben to a tragic accident and so please pray for them, that grace and peace would fill their home. Also, the Quest Staff and Leadership Team begin a 24-hour retreat today at 4:00. We will be meeting to talk about where we see God at work in our midst, and how to more fully join God in what he is doing in Novato and Marin and the world. Please pray that we would all bring our best selves to the time together, and that we would hear from God as a group. Also, continue to pray for young Colton Hillsinger (Steve and Judi Cole’s grandson). He is currently home from the hospital, but life is a struggle for him. Pray that he would be able to be pain free and that his family would know how to best care for him. And, prayers for Kandi Blomquist recovering from her mastectomy – “for the power and grace for her to keep leaning in”.
I love the idea that we can pray for one another. I don’t claim to understand it, how it works, how it changes an outcome, how it impacts the mind of God. I don’t know these answers, but I do know that when we pray, things happen and change and, so we pray. Thank you for being that kind of a community.
I hope to see you soon, for sure on Sunday. Grace and Peace to you my friends.