Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 27, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of February 27, 2011
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.
Thank you for forwarding this to your friends.
Who am I?
"Then Jesus said to him, 'What do you want me to do
for you?' The blind man said to him, 'My teacher,
let me see again.'"
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.
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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