On the Threshold
The American Team will us this structure to reflect on the week together, and I encourage you to get out your journal and reflect on your week, too!
Jewish tradition holds the liminal space of Sabbath each week. May you also discover the gifts of God in a holy pause.
Evening Parting Shalom: On the Threshold
Intention for the Day:
“This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us, for this is our lot. Likewise, all to whom God gives wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil—this is the gift of God. For they will scarcely brood over the days of their lives because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts.”
“A tak jsem viděl, v čem spočívá štěstí: Je správné jíst a pít a užít potěšení při všem tom lopotném pachtění v těch pár dnech života pod sluncem, které člověku Bůh dal – vždyť to je jeho údělem. Komu Bůh dopřál bohatství a jmění a dovolil mu jich užívat, ať přijme svůj úděl a raduje se uprostřed svého pachtění – vždyť je to Boží dar! Komu Bůh dává do srdce radost, ten sotva pomyslí na krátkost života.”
Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 (Kazatel 5:17-19)
Quote: “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Moment of Relaxation: Take 5 breaths at your own pace.
Breathing exercise for relaxation: Breathe in for 4 counts, pause for 2 counts, out for 6 counts, pause for four counts, repeat.
Now we have come to a moment of liminal space—the time in which you are neither coming nor going, the moment of standing on the threshold of the door. Before you take the next step and transition home, review this time spent together and give thanks.
Daily Examen in Liminal Space
Breathe and rest in the stillness.
Become aware of God’s presence.
Review your memories from the days before, review your hopes for the days to come.
Notice what feelings come to the surface.
Select one feeling or experience and write, draw, or pray about it.
Give thanks for the good, release the bad, and entrust your emotions to the One who holds all things. Amen, let it be so.
Tree of helping hands