Testing the persistent routines of our lives

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?
Psalm 42:1,2

By Rev. Val Kenyon

As we stand at the gate of yet another liturgical year, have you ever noticed that there is something about beginnings that causes us to stop and reflect?

The length of that pause may not be long, as many of us are chronically pressed for time especially in this pre-Christmas season, but intuitively we know that beginnings are often places of opportunities, of intentionality, of fresh starts. Yet even as we feel this inkling to pause, we simultaneously may feel within ourselves a reluctance to review, as serious reflection asks us to question our assumptions, and to test the well-tried and persistent routines of our lives.

This can be challenging, and yet as Christians are we not to wonder and give space to consider to where God’s Spirit is leading us next? For there lives deep within each of us a longing for connection and reconnection to the divine, but life with all of its rumblings and shakings can distract us.

As it does, we find ourselves needing to stop to find again in the midst of the busyness of life that place of tranquility, of contentment, of confidence, of assurance and well-being; that place of rest in Christ. We know that in pausing to gaze upon the face of God we will be changed, for God’s Spirit wishes to energize, refresh and direct us.

To support us in these moments to pause and to reflect, you are invited again this year, to follow the Advent 2017: 15 Minutes With God in Prayer in booklet form at:
or in scroll down version at:

Copies were also distributed to parishes in Huron. Please speak to your rector if you would like a one.

Every blessing.

Rev. Val Kenyon is the diocesan representative for the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (Huron)