Discovering the Desert of My Soul

Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love are amazing. Without her writings I don’t think I’d be here. I’d have been beaten down by attitudes/rules within the church, indifference without, and my own life experiences. But God placed her words in my hands and a journey began. A couple of months later I discovered Celebrate Recovery, which allowed me to learn God’s Word afresh and to begin to live out Romans 12:2 (a lifelong process):

‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.’

 

I guess that summarises the contemplative’s journey. It is a yearning, a thirst…

 

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’

Matthew 5:6 NRSVA

A Pastor's Thoughts

Candle PrayerI don’t exactly know why, but a few years ago I felt a real spiritual unction to study Christian Mysticism. My first thought was to look at the experiences of the monks of the desert. These Desert Fathers fled to the parched lands of Egypt to escape the “one size fits all” Christianity of Constantine’s Empire. The Abbas of the desert wanted to experience God as they thought He wanted to be experienced. That experience would not come as a result of legislated belief at the point of the sword of a Roman Legion. That kind of belief was no belief at all, for such a faith had to be discovered within their own souls. They could experience God in a mysterious way in their desert monasteries, and then direct others by sharing these experiences. God is a mystery, and He is best seen in a mystical way. In the…

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