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“Mother Teresa’s life of prayer involved years of loneliness and suffering and a longing for union with Christ that was all-consuming and never satiated. Instead of giving up, she continued to faithfully serve the Lord by loving the poor. Instead of focusing inward, her prayers led her to serve everyone, knowing that in doing so she was serving her Lord.” – Katrina Belcher
“I read ‘Your will be done on earth as in heaven’ (Matt 6:10), and I read Teresa of Ávila’s work and life as an articulation of and education in what this means. I find that Scripture leads me into prayer and out of prayer, and I find that people who have been there before often help me to find my feet in the text and in the spoken word. Teresa’s remark rings true: ‘To get to know God’s friends is a very good way of getting to know him.’” – Luke Fenwick
Katrina Belcher and Luke Fenwick offer two beautiful reflections on prayer and the people, places, and experiences that have shaped their prayer lives.
Read more here: www.venn.org.nz/the-ways-of-prayer/ ...
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“Ecclesiastes shows us two ways: we can try to make our own way in the world, using our own facilities and building our own schemes; or we can seek to live by the way of God, fearing him, trusting him, keeping his commandments, and accepting his gifts and our limits.
For some of us, as we face challenges in life, the danger may be that we put undue effort and strength into building and securing our lives. Some of us may give up in despair or give ourselves over to folly. But for others, I wonder if our danger is in succumbing to fear and anxiety. We might think that God expects more of us, that we should be able to work out the schemes of life and put in place the means by which to live these out.
In Psalm 103 there is a verse that reminds us of our place before God: ‘As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame, he remembers that we are dust.’ God has created us and he knows our limits; this is a very good thing. In this we can rest.”
Michelle offers a timely reflection on Ecclesiastes and the wisdom it offers us in our own complex times. If you’re sitting with unanswered questions, trying to solve the ‘Rubik’s Cube of life’, then read the latest piece from Common Ground, “All Will be Well”.
Read the article here: www.venn.org.nz/all-will-be-well/ ...
2 weeks ago
Introducing Venn’s latest podcast offering, Venn Presents!
Throughout the year, we’ll be releasing short series of conversations that explore the depth and richness of the Christian tradition. Hosted by Sam Bloore, you’ll hear from members of the Venn team and wider Venn community. The conversations will expand on some of the themes that have emerged from Venn’s work–including our programmes, events, books, and monthly publication Common Ground.
The topics will be wide-ranging: from exploring Christian faith and doctrine, to engagement with wider culture, including family, business, the arts, education, music, and sport. Our hope is that through each series of Venn Presents, you’ll be able to re-imagine how the gospel might look in the communities and callings you find yourself in today.
In our first series, Sam chats with Venn CEO Nathan McLellan on the doctrines of Ascension, Pentecost, and the Church. The latest episode is out now, part two on Pentecost. Subscribe to Venn Presents on Spotify and Apple Podcasts to hear the latest. And if you want to receive more content from Venn, be sure to sign up to our Common Ground, Audio, and Resources mailing list: venn.org.nz/sign-up
Listen to the latest episode here: open.spotify.com/show/7qyMoI1Q8yPYBI8bloqPAz?si=-KMBffc-TmmxJUq3xKRE-A ...
“She’s only on the other side of two, and she daily packs an equivalent intensity. I am also now wide awake as I hold her. Today, her gaze is as clear as a still lake. She leans back and studies my face. She doesn’t move away. I live for these moments of hushed closeness. I barely breathe, wanting to hold onto this. Suddenly, the Lord whispers over her shoulders, ‘I too live for these moments; when you lean into me’.”
For this season of Ordinary Time, former Venn staff member, alumna, and artist Juanita Madden has reflected, through personal story and image, on beautiful juxtapositions of ordinariness and wonder.
Read and see more here: www.venn.org.nz/give-us-this-day/ ...
“Gratitude has long been a valued spiritual practice… Adele Ahlberg Calhoun covers more than 50 practices and exercises in her Spiritual Disciples Handbook: Practices That Transform Us. Gratitude is second.
Calhoun says: ‘Thankfulness is a thread that can bind together all the patchwork squares of our lives. Difficult times, happy days, seasons of sickness, hours of bliss–all can be sewn together into something lovely with the thread of thankfulness.’”
In our most recent edition of Common Ground, Sam Bloore addresses the symptom of grumpiness and asks what it might be revealing about our postures to the world, God, and those around us. Scripture and theologians point us in the direction of gratitude as the antidote.
Take a read of the “treatment” plan in Sam’s article and his own patchwork square of thanks. Read the article here: www.venn.org.nz/grumpiness-and-gratitude/ ...