Questions for Reflection – Jan. 2018 – Liberation

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

These questions are here for you to ponder, to engage, to discuss.  They are here as way to prompt your thinking, praying, meditating and considering this month’s theme.  This month’s questions are borrowed from Soul Matters, a thematic worship and education resource service. We will be trying out the Soul Matters subscription service this year, so let us know what you think!

If you would like to join others to share your thoughts and ponderings, we invite you to join us for Chalice Circle on  Jan. 18 (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 LIBERATION:

  1. The sculptor Michelangelo was once asked how it was that he could create such beautiful works. “It’s very simple,” he answered. “When I look at a block of marble, I see the sculpture inside it. All I have to do is remove what doesn’t belong.” What can you remove that doesn’t belong in yourself? What might be liberated by removing what doesn’t belong? What beauty is waiting for you to give it a bit more room?
    2. Have you let yourself become imprisoned by the fear of missing out? By the imaginings of what might have been or what others have?
    3. Do you need to liberate yourself from the ordinary? (“When things are taking their ordinary course, it is hard to remember what matters.” -Marilynne Robinson)
    4. Have you been helping people but ignoring the call for liberation? (“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lila Watson)
    5. How is your balance between spiritual/personal liberation and social/political liberation? Are they feeding each other or fighting? Or just not talking?
    6. Is the thing you do to feel better actually making you feel worse? Has what you turn to when liberation become a bit of a trap? 7.Is it time to forgive (and free) yourself?
    8. Are you ready to take off the mask? Do you even notice that it is on?
    9. Are you looking for liberation and freedom in far away places and possibly not noticing it is waiting for you right back at home? Or right there where you are standing now?
    10. Is kindness waiting for you to pick it up and liberate someone? Maybe even yourself?