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Unplug and Plug In: Day 31

March 19th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

One of my great hopes for West is that this period of Unplugging from screen-based entertainment will give us space to Plug In to God – maybe Plug back In to God.

So often we say to ourselves and each other that we don’t ‘have time’ for things we say are important to us.  I said on Sunday (hear what I said on our sermon page) that when Jesus says ‘your heart will always be where your treasure is’, we who live in the 21st century probably need to consider time and money to fall into the same category – how we use both reveals where our heart is.

Soberingly enough, I reckon our diaries and our bank statements tell everything anyone needs to know about whether we love God.

So this Lent we have given each other the gift of time.  Hours of extra time in the day to spend doing the things we really do care about – baking for friends, going fishing, developing our spirituality.  We have the opportunity to reset the clock and start making sure we spend our time and our money on things we say we care about.

If you would like to get back into the groove of nurturing your relationship with the God of the Universe, and you need a place to start, you might like to make use of one of these resources:

  • You could explore Eastern Orthodox spirituality with some Orthodox prayers.
  • Pray As You Go is a Jesuit website with audio reflections you can play online or download to an mp3 player
  • PodBible is a global project offering readings from the Bible and short reflections, again downloadable to your mp3 player.  And it all started at Carey!
  • You can also borrow cds of the Bible, in brilliantly soundscaped acting from The Bible Experience, from the Resource Table at church.
  • The best Bible study resource I know is Tom Wright’s For Everyone series.  I have several to lend, so just ask me.  If you click on the link, you can look inside the book to see if it looks useful for you.
  • Before daylight savings ends, how about you take a little walk either around your neighbourhood, or around Spotswood, praying for the people you see and who live in the houses you pass.
  • If you have any other resources to offer, please suggest them in the comments below.

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