409Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 2, 2006
- Apr 1 7:59 PMChi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 2, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God."
Once it was my privilege and challenge to present
five spiritually centered sessions over the course
of a weekend retreat. It was a retreat specifically
offered to sexual minorities and their friends. The
program emphasized the theme "relinquish, reclaim,
and renew." Many had felt isolated and condemned
by their experiences with mainline religious
organizations. We wrestled with what to relinquish
and reclaim for inner renewal as God's beloved people.
This was radical information for some retreat attendees
who had only experienced the Bible as a weapon used
against them. The only books we used were the Gospel
of John and Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen. It
was a remarkable weekend of spiritual empowerment as
many took a risk with God and reclaimed their
I will always remember the exuberance of one woman who
attended this retreat. This particular woman eagerly
went to a bookstore after the retreat to buy her very
first Bible. We happened to meet by chance in the
parking lot. We hugged and chatted about the weekend.
Then she asked me, "Now how do I get started in reading
this book?" She was a brilliant executive and dynamic
leader, but the Bible was strange and unfamiliar to
her. How do we begin reading the Bible?
An old Chinese proverb wisely tells us the journey of
a thousand miles begins with a single step. Our
spiritual journey begins with opening the book for
the first time. Be open to its message. Ask yourself
what prejudices or experiences may need to be
relinquished so you may enjoy spiritual openness to
these new words. Take a chance with God and ask to
claim or reclaim an insight, a centering word, or
strengthening thought for your day. Expect inner
renewal. You will find spiritual nourishment in the
Gospels for yourself, those you love, and those you
God, help us relinquish whatever is spiritually
negative in our lives. Help us reclaim truth and
strength for the day. Let us experience deep
spiritual renewal through our readings. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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