The Spiritual Journey
In his book Invitation to a Journey, Robert Mulholland defines spiritual formation as:
" a process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others".
"...God works graciously through all the aspects of human life to bring us to the fulfillment of God's will for our wholeness. Thus, spiritual formation is a process of involvement with God's gracious work. But spiritual formation as a process will be seen to move against the grain of our instant-gratification culture and the possessiveness of an acquisitive society. Once we understand spiritual formation as a process, all of life becomes spiritual formation."
And while "the image of Christ will be seen as the ultimate reality of human wholeness ... there can be no wholeness in the image of Christ which is not incarnate in our relationships with others, both in the body of Christ and in the world."
Thus, we can view the entirety of our life individually and our lives corporately as a Spiritual Journey.
And so, let us embark on this process of healing, this growth to wholeness, this Journey, together...
Thoughts for the Journey:
- A Curriculum for Christlikeness
An excerpt from The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
A Record of the Journey:
- Of Skunk Skins, Hazelnuts and Thorns
A reflective writing by Gary Fawver after a recent trip to Africa