Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 27, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our new book
of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
Who am I?
"And Jesus said to him, 'What do you want me to do
for you?' And the blind man said to him, 'Master,
let me receive my sight.'"
The major difference between journal writing and
keeping a diary is that a diary only records the
daily events in our life. A journal may begin
there, but in it is a record of much more. In
journals, writers record how those events affect
them. Journal writing helps us sort through
feelings about daily life, our relationships,
and the events in the world around us. Journals
help us to talk with ourselves. Journals reflect
back to us, in ink or pencil, what we see, what
our minds think and our hearts feel.
Anne Broyles suggests journal writing is greatly
helped by asking the following questions, "Who
am I? What am I doing and why? How do I feel
about my life and my world? In what ways am I
changing or growing?" (Broyles, Anne. "Journaling.
A Spirit Journey," p. 24.)
Many people find this kind of writing a helpful
spiritual discipline. Sacred writings from
different religious traditions can be a powerful
starting place. Other writers respond to personal
meditation walks or are inspired to write after a
time of silence. We can jot down daily events and
reflect more deeply.
Many people have found keeping a gratitude journal
a profound life changing and empowering discipline.
This kind of journal can be a simple list, made at
the end of the day, of several things that we are
grateful for. We can give thanks for experiences
as simple as breathing, seeing, hearing, and
tasting, a kind touch, a gentle breeze, and a
moment of rest.
Imagine how impoverished we would be if our favorite
spiritual writers did not journal their struggles,
prayers, inner reflections, and outward lives. We
are likewise impoverished when we do not journal
our own. After all, "every life has a story"
(Biography magazine's motto). Story telling
helps us figure out who we are and whose we are.
God, who am I? What am I doing and why? How am
I changing or growing? Amen.
Grace and peace,
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