<<< 8 – The Talkies One of the real pleasures of the blog is the connections that has made for me. I had previously posted for LifeTeen and over the past two years wrote for Slant 33. (Barefoot Ministries has since discontinued it, but I had an opportunity this year to write on Traditions, Theology, Mindsets;A World Isolated from Adults; Dating and Sexuality; and Support Your Denomination.
Here an excerpt regarding what I wrote on relationships, especially going one-on-one. It is certainly a privilege to be in relationship with others along their spiritual journeys. It is awesome to share in the moment of discernment, to experience the personal high of another, to be allowed to share in the effort to overcome various challenges of pain and struggles. But it is likewise a risk for us to overstate our own role and influence in these moments of another.
In my early formative years of helping coordinate Catholic high school dances, there was always a running joke about slow dances that should be considered when a minister engages in the intimate entanglement of relationships: Always leave room for the Holy Spirit. It is because of the Holy Spirit that we can remain humble when others succeed around us because that was God’s work. It is because of the Holy Spirit that we can remain optimistic when others fall or fail around us because all will work out in God’s time. It is because of the Holy Spirit that we recognize that it all does not depend on us, and we are called to remain on our knees and invoke the Spirit’s work within our relationships because ours are the hands, ours are the feet, ours are the eyes, and ours are the bodies that can bring Christ’s presence into the world as well as our relationships. 6 – Communities of Light