Lately, I’ve been focusing more on making podcasts. Here is the transcript of Podcast #111 for those that prefer to read it in blog format.
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During Covid lock down, I reconnected with many friends online. We talked a lot about how they’re doing with the changes. And as time went on, I noticed a common theme. Because they couldn’t go to church, and couldn’t meet up with friends, they felt pretty spiritually isolated.
I can understand that. Especially when you’ve been in a spiritual community for a long time. You have a worship team or a choir that brought beautiful music, and pastors and teachers who gave great messages. Everyone brings their talents, and the whole experience is just wonderful. But when you’re suddenly cut off from that, it throws you off balance.
And this happens at a time when we feel like we need spiritual guidance and encouragements the most. Suddenly, we feel like we’re cut off from our spiritual support.
So someone asked me how I was dealing with changes now that church has gone virtual. And I realized that God has been transitioning me and my husband for a while. In the last few years, I’ve been mainly working on my own personal connection with God, and I’ve moved away from a community based spirituality.
It’s not that having a spiritual community is bad, but I think for most of us, we have been so blessed with our friends and christian community that we kind of forgot how to connect with God on our own.
Actually, our Christian faith is immensely personal. The essence of the Christian faith is that we don’t need any more rituals. We don’t need a middle person either like a pastor or priest. We don’t need any more sacrifices or intermediaries…The real good news as Christians is that we can connect with God directly… simply as who we are. Any time. Any place. We don’t need to wait for Sundays. We don’t even need to go to a building or a temple. Jesus has done all of the work so we have the privilege to get access to God 24/7, anywhere, any time. Not only that, He even gives us the Holy Spirit as our personal spiritual assistant.
And this is awesome! We now have an all-access pass to God. The veil is torn, the gate is opened. There’s nothing blocking us from God anymore.
But even though we know this in our mind, often, we can still feel intimidated approaching God by ourselves. And that’s what many of my friends were feeling.
So if you also feel like you don’t quite know how to talk to God on your own right now, I have a few tips and activities to help you and God get reacquainted. And I’ll be sharing that in the next few podcasts.
And the first tip I want to share with you today is to write a letter to God. Sometimes, when you haven’t talked with a friend for a while, it can be very intimidating to call them up out of the blue. And you feel like… it’s going to be awkward… What do I say? I feel bad I haven’t been in touch… All of these things run through your mind. But when you write a letter, you take that pressure off. Take time to write out your thoughts. You can also go back and delete sections you don’t like. In a sense, you have a safe space, and you can still communicate sincerely.
So I want to invite you to write a letter to God and share what’s been on your heart lately. The key of this exercise is to help you get comfortable in opening your heart and sharing with God again.
In the beginning, you may feel like you don’t know what to say. And that’s fine. You don’t have to put pressure on yourself. If you don’t know what to say, just write that down. You can write something like “I don’t really know what to say, but I’m taking this first step…” Just start with that and write what’s on your heart. You’ll be surprised.
So the first step I have is to write God a letter. You can write about your frustrations or fears… Do you have any questions for God? And even who do you want God to be for you in this season.
You can use any piece of paper to do this… but I would recommend that you start writing in a spare notebook. Any notebook will do; just something designated as your letters to God. And that can be your private space… a private dialog between you and God. Any time you feel spiritually disconnected, just start writing in that notebook. And see how things go.
That’s all I have for this session. Thanks for listening and enjoy your letter writing!
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