Catching God’s Rhythm


One of three foci at Faith Forward  was on the rhythm of our spiritual lives. Like  other rhythm, spiritual rhythm is created out of an intentional and regulated blend of sounds, or activities, and pauses.  The spiritual pausing in which the seasoned leader of Youth Ministry, Mark Yaconelli, led us became a highlight for many of us.

Why would those of us in ministry with children and youth need regulated spiritual pauses? Pausing to reclaim our intimacy with God helps us see the world in colour instead of a depressing black and white.
You see, there are all kinds of jarring realities in our work in the church which drain the colour out of our lives and get us to doubt our calls and more. However, if we let go of what is killing our joy and move down into a place of knowing we are God’s beloved community, colour and joy are restored. And this, more than anything else, will attract children and youth to join us in journeys of discipleship.

What follows is the simple activity of guided, imaginative silence that Mark used to guide us into that place of knowing God’s love.

Spiritual Exercise
• Recall a sacred moment. Go into the memory with all your senses.
• Dwell there for 6 minutes.
• Pray, thanking God for the experience.
• Participate in shared listening pairs. Refrain from giving advice.
• Collect words in the larger group about how we experienced God in the silence, offering them to God as a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

As I recalled a sacred moment in my life, my imagination took me back to this lightly forested glade. It was just what my still-worn-out-by-winter soul needed and reminded me of God’s creative, generative playfulness. I hope sharing it here will help me remember to incorporate this way of pausing into my life’s ongoing rhythm.

I suspect this exercise could restore colour and joy to the lives of many others, and not just the 300 or so of us church workers at Faith Forward. Give it a try, and see how it colours your day. Shalom.


About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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