June 15, 2011

Ember Day

Filed under: Cycle of Prayer,Time and Talent — by Lisa Meeder Turnbull @ 3:04 pm

Greetings to you on this first Ember Day in the Octave of Pentecost!

Even though I am not, and never have been, in the process for Holy Orders, as a discerned layperson I love Ember Days. Why? Because I believe that for all of us, regardless of our order of ministry, it is good to pause, step back, and reflect on how our lives of ministry and witness are unfolding, how we are growing in the Apostles teachings and fellowship.

Ember Day reflection is a vital part of our lives as stewards of all that we have: our time, our gifts of the Spirit, our secular talents, our relationships in family, congregation, and community. As stewards of the Gospel is it empowering, energizing, and life-giving to reflect on how we live the baptismal life in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.

You heard me correctly—the words of confession can be prayed just as faithfully in celebration. And isn’t it true that there are times when the ministry lies in an action not taken, a word not spoken?

And thus I keep this entry brief, inviting you into your own time of prayer, reflection, and Ember Day accounting. If you practice journaling prayer, try an Ember Day summary of where your spiritual life is today, how you are fed, where you seek to grow. Perhaps begin the practice of using each instance of Ember Days in the liturgical year to check back on what you have written, see where you are, and reflect anew. You may also choose to engage in an Ember Conversation in a small group, a fellowship circle, or a trust community of companions. Or you might prefer to spend time alone, reflecting quietly and meditating on your own thoughts in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Regardless of form, I wish you a blessed Ember Time and offer my own prayer that it will lead you into a long green season that is, indeed, no ordinary time.



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