Lenten Maturation

Our good brother Gideon Tsang shared this weekend with us from Exodus 3. He walked us through how we can mature and grow in this Lenten season and some practices to pick up to help us listen to our lives and the places in our lives where we need to mature.

Gideon serves the community of Vox Veniae in Austin, TX

Text

Exodus 3:1-3, 7-8, 13-14, 15

“The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature”

- Jesus the Christ

“become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”

- The Apostle Paul

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”

- James

“People don’t really want to grow up, people don’t really want to change, people don’t really want to be happy. As someone so wisely said to me, “Don’t try to make them happy, you’ll only get in trouble. Don’t try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it irritates the pig.”

- Anthony de Mello

“Some of us, understandably, do not wish to hear even this message of hope and personal growth. We wish to have our old world, our former assumptions and stratagems, reinstituted as quickly as possible. We are desperate to hear: 'Yes, your marriage can be restored to its pristine assumptions; yes, your depression can be magically removed without understanding why it has come; yes, your old values and preferences still work'...For those willing to stand in the heat of this transformational fire, (life) provides a shot at getting themselves back again. They might still fondly gaze at the old world, but they risk engaging a larger world, one more complex, less safe, more challenging, the one that is already irresistibly hurtling toward them.”

- James Hollis

“Divine love picks us up when we sincerely believe nobody else will. We then begin to experience freedom, peace, calm, equanimity, and liberation from cravings for what we have come to know are damaging - cravings that cannot bring happiness, but at best only momentary relief that makes the real problem worse.”

- Thomas Keating

“The only way to become whole is to put our arms lovingly around -everything- we know ourselves to be: self-serving and generous, spiteful and compassionate, cowardly and courageous, treacherous and trustworthy. We must be able to say to ourselves and to the world at large, "I am -all- of the above. If we can't embrace the whole of who we are - embrace it with transformative love - we’ll imprison the creative energies hidden in our own shadows and be unable to engage creatively with the world's complex mix of shadow and light.”

- Parker Palmer

 

Reflection & Practice

Spend some time listening to your life this week. What do you sense flaring up in your life? Sit with it like a campfire without judgment. How might it be a part of you, ready to mature?

 

Worship Set

I Shall Not Be Shaken

All The Poor And Powerless

It Is Well

Holy, Holy, Holy

Brokenness Aside

I Wait

 

Benediction