Spiritual Raking

“The spiritual life is above all about the quality of our connection to God.”

That wisdom from Timothy Geoffrion, a pastor and an executive with a community service organization in Minnesota, reminds us that simply going to church–or going through the motions of religious observances of whatever kind–are not enough. Our connection to God is a living one, and requires investment. 

Or as Geoffrion says, it is critical to “actively cultivate your own spiritual life.” As you can imagine, I like his use of the word “cultivate.” It reminds me that in tending my spiritual garden, I need to see what plants need attention, what weeds need pulling, what parts may need watering, what branches may need pruning.

Today, I am raking old leaves off my lawn so that the grass can grow. In the process of raking, it is quite possible God will send me a message about some part of my life that could use a little spiritual raking.

What old leaves are holding you back, matting the new shoots of grass wanting to burst forth?

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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