Monday, October 09, 2006

A Journey In Process (over) An Event of the Past

(Continuing the discussion of how children's spiritual education might emerge with fresh prophetic imagination for the 21st century)

This suggestion is not an attempt to replace the powerful events in a child's/teen's spiritual journey with which we identify as our salvation and/or Pentecost moments. Yet, it's a shame that there is such a disconnect between these transformational events and the continuing call to be a follower of Christ, called to Divine Partnership in ushering in the Kingdom of God.

Therefore, the emphasis must shift to this journey that life will be, one of processing our vital and unique partnering roles in ushering in the Kingdom of God. Even fully appreciating our response to the call of God to salvation has validity in being framed in terms of a journey in process, not only framed in the context of needing to be a purposeful, one time, identifiable or recorded event.

Spiritual Formation then becomes a life journey to:

- begin an exciting, unending journey begun in the 'now,' one of pondering and processing The Big Story rather than just a memorized recall of Story Facts
- embrace Jesus' offer and call to discipleship/friendship for life, so much more than a one time response associated with a 'safety ticket' for eternity.

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