Questions for Reflection – Dec. 2017 – Joy

QUESTIONS TO LIVE WITH ….. and to Ponder, Reflect, Engage, Journal, and Share!

This is not an assignment.  You do not need to engage every single one. Find the one that “hooks” you most. Then let it take you on a ride. Live with it for a while. Allow it to regularly break into– and break open–your heart. Reflect. Ponder.

If you would like to join others to share your thoughts and ponderings, we invite you to join us for Chalice Circle on  Dec. 21 (and every third Thursday of the month) at 6:30 p.m. in Rev. Tony’s office. If this time doesn’t work for you, speak with Rev. Tony about starting a monthly Chalice Sharing Circle at a time that does work for you. Chances are it will work for others, too.

Here’s this month’s reflection questions on the theme of JOY:

  1. What feelings and images come to mind when you think of the word “joy?” How is joy inviting you to return to life?
  2.  What brought you joy when you were a child? Can you remember a time when you were filled with great joy? What was that experience like for you. Is there a child in your life calling you to joy? Are you listening?
  3. Can one choose joy? When was the last time you chose joy? What needs to be removed from your life in order for joy to return? Could a little more courage on your part invite joy back in?  Have you exchanged status for joy?
  1. Who helps you see the joy in front of you? And when was the last time you hung out with  them?  Who has served as a model of joyful living in your life, a model and inspiration to you? Have there been people in your life who stifled or spoiled your joy?
  2.  What gets in the way of joy for you? Are you too responsible to let joy in? Are you too tied to convention to let joy in? Too embarrassed to stand out?  Too full of grief or sorrow? Afraid of risking trust and love? What have you observed about the relationship between joy and sorrow?
  3.  Do you have a story of a time when an act of service or helping others gave you great joy? What was that like for you?
  4. When was the last time you did something “useless”? Might joy be waiting for you there?  When was the last time you were “recklessly joyful”? Is it time again?
  5.  What regular habits and practices might create more joyfulness in your heart, home and community?