Really Listen for the Truth

As a pastor, I am privileged to a wealth of information.  There are times that I just shake my head and keep moving forward.  No matter what I hear, I try to listen for the truth that is sometimes buried deep within the stories that people tell.  Through the deep level of hurt and sadness, there lies the mustard seed of our deepest wants along with our deepest needs.  The challenge that I face as a pastoral caregiver is to encourage people to tap into these deep places.

Too often we stop, afraid to travel to the headwaters of our souls.  Many of us are afraid of what we may find.  This is an allusion because all of us who have boldly made the journey find freedom at the realization of our true selves.  I am speaking about our most authentic selves.  That part of us that includes the divine spark of ingenuity.  The space that the very core of who we are and what we believe exists.

We know the time that we tap into the special places in our hearts.  Something within us comes to life.  The gospel of our lives transforms us and strengthens us.  We find a renewed spark of hope, and a commitment to remain faithful to the truths that have been shared by the Divine.

There is a part of us that is not wounded by pain.  It is bathed in light and provides strength.  Sometimes it is masked by layers upon layers of hurt, shame, regret, etc…  Once discovered, the possibilities are endless.  We must remain diligent to rediscover who we were created to be.

Today, I am thankful for the journey.  I am grateful that I boldly travel into the deeper resources of my soul to discover my truest self.  My hope is that we all may walk on towards healing and wholeness so that we may claim the promises revealed to us by our Creator.  Praise be to God, who gives us the victory.

About joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of Rio Rancho United Methodist Church in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.
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