Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Journey of Faith 6

Each fall for 15 years, up to 100 people gathered every Wednesday night at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee, to explore the meaning of the Sacred Journey. Led by the Rev. Dr. Douglass M. Bailey, the participants in the class listened and talked about their own journey and the journey of others. The class affirmed the individual nature of each journey and each person's need to explore the questions that can shape their path. The people who journeyed together each fall learned about prayer, community, death and resurrection. They heard questions and reflections from others, and through them came to a better understanding of their own spiritual growth.

We have included an overview of the Journey material here in hopes that some of the ideas may help you on your own Spiritual path. The questions are meant for you to ask yourself and those traveling with you. Use those that are meaningful to you as guideposts, pointing down a road you may not yet have explored.

Journey with God Who Transforms Death to Resurrection

Death is not a subject that we like to talk about, but the journey calls us to ask and wrestle with difficult questions. When asked about death, most of us reflect on the death of someone close to us. Our questions concern the circumstances surrounding their death....why them, why then, where was God? Many of us do not have faith communities where we feel safe asking our questions. Fortunately, we are all Easter people, children of the resurrection.

Thoughts of death can bring forth our fears of the unknown. But in death, as in life, there is a big difference between a personal faith that declares, "I must be certain," and a faith that declares, "I Trust." As we grow in faith, we are certain of less and trust more. As someone once said, "We die the way we live." It is our trust in God that will carry us through all our human experience.

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