The first two posts in this series cover two things:

  1. In order to move myself to a place of transcendence, I need to unload myself from the busy nature of life and carve out time to create a space for prayer and meditation.
  2. In order to move myself to a place of transcendence, I need to fidget my body. I need to have an opportunity to stimulate my nervous system in order to stay focused — otherwise the train of thought will leave the station.

This all leads to my final blog (for now) on what I call my ADHD Spirituality. 

There is a role that the community can play to strengthen the spirituality of someone with a hyperactive mind.

There are two moments in the last few weeks that have kicked me up into a “spiritual high.” The first happened in a private time of prayer, and the second in a communal time of prayer.

First, there were some difficult conversations taking place with all the churches in the province which I was a part of. There were some comments made that were troubling as we wrestled with matters of inclusion for LGBT persons in the church, and I unfortunately fell victim to some hateful comments. I arrived home and my mind was racing - I said to myself…I need scripture.

I grabbed my Bible, I sat down on the couch — placed a cross on the ottoman and I opened up to Psalm 43. I read it through a few times out loud, slowly — internalizing the words. I began to focus on a few lines that seemed to dance off the page. I closed my eyes and focused on those word and I prayed with them. I used them to enter into communion with God. Ah yes — it’s been a while since I’ve been in this place.

The following week there was a time of sharing where I shared a bit about my experience at these meetings with our congregation. I was open, vulnerable and in need of prayer. 

Joe had asked the congregation to rise and come forward and to surround me in prayer — a laying of hands. I felt an overwhelming amount of hands start to touch me as people gathered around me. The warmth and love of the congregation was radiant. I felt lifted up, supported and as I listened to the words of the prayer - I felt in communion with God, mediated through the hands of the congregation. I am still left with the sensation of the hands on my back, the side hugs, and the hand holding.

There are two takeaways from this experience: 

First, In this specific activity of the laying of the hands, the weight of the hands, the warmth of the person next to me with their arms wrapped around me kept me stimulated and present in the moment, aware of God's love and the love of the congregation. The community plays an important role in forming and strengthening the spirituality of the individual by large gestures such as a laying of hands. In my own story, Wildwood built on my private time of prayer with a laying of hands. On the flip side, if the individual desires this practice and type of formation, the individual is called to engage in a practiced private time of prayer so that they to can contribute and strengthen the common spirituality shared by the congregation. I believe that spiritual formation is a mutual activitity.

Second, we have to resist the temptation to stick with the status quo by boxing up our prayer practices. We can do this by intentionally finding ways to engage all types of people and their pathways into prayer - by doing so the community can bring everyone who wishes to participate to a place of transcendence — being in communion with God.

When

Sunday Mornings
Summer Hours are now in effect!
Sunday Morning Worship 10:00 a.m.

Special Services - No Service at WMC
Sunday, July 28 - Worship: 10:00 a.m. - Mierau's Farm

Contact

Phone 306-373-2126
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pastor Joe Heikman
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pastor Eileen Klaassen
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.