By Rev. Canon Val Kenyon
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
I never fail to be amazed at the precision with which God’s word impacts our lives.
I suppose I should not really be that surprised as the message found in verses such as the one quoted above in the book of Hebrews is quite clear. The word of God is far more than simple marks written on a page, benignly conveying information to the reader. Instead, God’s word is alive, able with shocking exactness to hit upon that place in our hearts and in our minds, most needing attention and transformation, providing us with an impression of what God is saying to us in the very moment in which we find ourselves.
This of course is made possible as God’s Spirit wields this instrument, far “sharper than any two-edged sword”, before whom our hearts are open, and our desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden. In the simplest of terms, we are an open book to God – who then opens his book to us.
I was recently reminded of this astounding quality of God’s word at a virtual Education for Ministry (EfM) meeting where one participant would share, “the Bible talks to me where I am”. Later that morning in the theological reflection portion of this same meeting, the group went on to discuss the place of yearnings as found both in Scripture and in us. What followed was a conversation about our fundamental yearning to be awake to God in and all around us and how ultimately this yearning was an integral part of our never-ending spiritual growth and development. As we put ourselves in the way of being awake to God in this precise moment of our lives through the tool of theological reflection our relationship with God is nurtured and nourished, meeting us precisely where our need is greatest and supporting transformation and growth of all kinds.
With this final EfM article of the 2019/2020 season, we are already looking forward to September with new groups forming, and current groups returning. In June we will again be opening registration for the upcoming sessions of EfM beginning in September 2020. And while it is entirely true that exactly what all of this will look like in our Covid-19 aware world, please consider your involvement in EfM and beginning a journey of fresh discoveries in God’s word.
For more information on EfM and how you might become involved, please contact Libi Clifford, the Diocese of Huron EfM Coordinator or myself, Val Kenyon at [email protected]
Rev. Canon Val Kenyon is EFM Animator in Huron.