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Take Rest. Renew. Retreat.

At Ghost Ranch Retreat Center

Dates: February 2, 2015 – February 8, 2015 

Contemplative Church: a no-stress gathering for leaders tired of playing church and interested in cultivating God devotion through spiritual practices that just might be the primary hope for doing and being the future global Christian church. In an era of increasing confusion and opportunities, the Church is invited to an ancient alternative. During this week-long conversation, you are invited to return, receive and re-discover the contemplative, inner dimension of Christianity through prayer, teaching, spiritual exercises, dialogue, time in nature, and more.

Contemplative Church presupposes that we are all on a spiritual journey deeper into God’s love. Through our participation in God’s love and grace, we experience an ongoing process of transformation further into Christ by the power of the Spirit. Contemplative Church is a particular way of being Christian and doing church grounded in specific spiritual practices such as the prayerful and slow reading of scripture (lectio divina), meditative prayer (e.g. Centering Prayer, Jesus Prayer), taking time for silence and solitude, receiving the Eucharist, and an overall inward attentiveness to God’s presence and action in the spiritual/intuitive dimension of our being, and in others.

The motivation and destination of this contemplative way of being Christian is love – for God, self, one another and indeed for all of creation. Join contemplative author and pastor Peter Traben Haas for this soul-renewing gathering February 2 – 8, 2015.

Click here to view the Ghost Ranch web page.

The Contemplative Companion for Friday, December 19, 2014

“Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard.”  - Luke 1: 5-25

Every anxiety meets is remedy in the remembrance that Spirit attends my mind with guidance and counsel at just the right moment.

In the power and peace of the Holy Spirit, I claim my victory of confession and wisdom of expression.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, December 18, 2014

“When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.”   – Matthew 1: 18-25

The presence of surrender to God can transform entire households, and in the case of Joseph – one father’s and one husband’s open heart to God – it has changed the world.

May men arise with Joseph hearts, ready to embrace the impossible with faith.


© 2014 The Contemplative Companion  

A Resource of  ContemplativeChristians.com

The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

“Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.”   – Luke 1: 26-38

Mary reminds us that God blessed the world through a young, powerless, poor yet utterly faithful woman opening to become the location where Divine presence could fully embrace humankind.

Where can I consent today, and share in all that I have been given?


© 2014 The Contemplative Companion  

A Resource of  ContemplativeChristians.com

The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

“God is close to the brokenhearted; and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34.18

As I write this, I’m watching the sunrise through the woods. The golden light awakening both the forest beside me, and my thoughts and feelings within me.

The sunlight is a beloved companion for me, all the more so as we enter into the longest and coldest nights of the year.

I’ve spent too many days alone. And too much of my life with a broken heart. I’m not sure why it’s been this way for me, but it has. In the silence and stillness of these mornings, I begin to see the blessings  hidden within the brokenness and disappointments of a lifetime; I begin to feel the closeness of love hidden within the loneliness and aloneness I live with.

It’s easy to get depressed in life. Anyone can do that. It’s much more interesting to look for the light within the darkness and become love, joy and peace through the pain and longing. Not many choose that path, and it seems to be how many of us “spiritual” types  are saved from ourselves and all the situations that seem so disappointing and difficult.

Look for the light, it’s there, though perhaps just hiding beyond our habitual perceptions and reactions.


© 2014 The Contemplative Companion  

A Resource of  ContemplativeChristians.com

 

The Contemplative Companion for Monday, December 15, 2014

“So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.” He himself said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”  - Matthew 21:23-27

We enter deeper into advent this week, as the third Sunday of Advent brings John the Baptist front and center, as does today’s reading when Jesus is questioned about his identity and authority.

Consider this: how much more enjoyable your life would be if you didn’t really care what people thought about you, or took seriously their criticisms or questions? Take a cue from Jesus and simply dodge with love the barbed thoughts, questions, and judgements you may feel coming at you from others. What they think about you has little to do with you. It’s their thought world, not yours.

Though do listen for opportunities of self-insight. Perhaps there is something for you in the criticism, but hold their perceptions of them loosely knowing that while others can perceive you that can’t ever be you, and that is a place of great freedom as well as the invitation to truly love.

 

 


© 2014 The Contemplative Companion  

A Resource of  ContemplativeChristians.com

The Contemplative Companion for Friday, December 12, 2014

“Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.” – Zechariah 2.17

Can I discover the firm foundation that holds while everything else turns upside down? Today, the silence holds me firm and steady, and my attention follows.


© 2014 The Contemplative Companion  

A Resource of  ContemplativeChristians.com

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