After a long break, I've decided to begin blogging again at Blessed to be a witness. Although my context has changed, there are still so many ways to witness (experience and tell about) God working daily. Now, I am a Transition Pastor at St. Paul-Reformation. So... a new place and a new attempt to be about that work of witnessing to God at work in daily life, in transitions, in discernment.
This week, I've been reading Life and Livelihood: A Handbook for Spirituality at Work. Author Whitney Wherrett Roberson draws together ideas and stories from a whole variety of faith traditions to imagine how in our work days we can more fully experience abundant life. There are two things that stand out to me about how this book is written, modeling for readers (and workers) how to shape the work day. Each section begins with an opportunity to center. Breathe deeply. Check in... Each section ends with these words, "Bless: Offer the person on your left a word of hope or blessing for the coming week."
This is meant to be used as a resource for small, Christian or interfaith groups that get together in their workplace. I am thinking about how it might be used here at St. Paul-Reformation in the various groups that gather. I am also wondering how many people have the opportunity to gather in the middle of their work days with others for these kinds of conversations. Wouldn't that be an amazing thing to begin if it is not happening, yet if there is opportunity?