Welcome to Spiritual Journey First Thursday, a group of friends who blog together each month about our spiritual journeys. Hugs and gratitude to Irene Latham for gathering us to learn and share together each month.
This month I'm hosting and I chose my OLW (One Little Word) for 2017, nourish, as our theme for today's blog posts. I'm lucky that I have this beautiful mug to remind me of this year's word. I purchased it along with a "Savor" mug a few years ago. I have to admit that savor is probably my all-time favorite OLW, but at the time I knew that nourish was a word that would eventually claim me.
A few years ago when I realized that I couldn't even remember my OLW for the year, I decided that I would check-in with my OLW with a slice of life on each fifth Tuesday (there are a few fifth Tuesdays scattered throughout the year). It's been a great way to hold me accountable to my commitment to live with my word. Carol's One Word post in January prodded me to stop dithering and choose my word (although I might say that nourish chose me when I bought the mug). She also inspired me to look back at my previous OLWs and weave them into my 2017 OLW post. Jack's arrival on the first fifth Tuesday of 2017 interfered with my intention to write a fifth Tuesday post in January, although I can say that his arrival has nourished my life in countless ways. And the days marched forward and suddenly it was May and time for a fifth Tuesday check-in. I skipped the August fifth Tuesday check-in since I knew I would be writing about nourish for SJFT in September.
I would like to share some quotes today from a favorite talk "In the Covenant of Grace" by Carol Cornwall Madsen. She speaks of "moments of spiritual connection" that "comfort, inspire, and refresh the spirit." She uses the stories of pioneer women to illustrate that these moments "have need of constant nurturing." She explains that "we can be catalysts for such moments in each other's lives if we follow the counsel of Peter to the Ephesians: 'As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.' (1 Peter 4:10) As good stewards, they ministered to one another in a myriad of ways because they needed each other, drawing together in a community of faith, love, and support."
And so I think of the communities that nourish me - my family, my friends, my faith community, and my blogging friends. And I think of the ways these communities minister to me - a smile, a phone call, a card, a hug, a shared story. I can't wait to read your thoughts on my OLW nourish. I know they will comfort, inspire, and refresh my spirit. I am grateful for the moments of spiritual connection that we share through our posts on SJFT. Please post your links in the comments.