The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul…
What is God inviting you to in these moments? What is getting your attention?
Who do you sit with to speak openly about your life & faith? The beginnings of new adventures start with curiosity and hope.
~ Here is a place to be seen & heard ~
Spiritual Direction / Companionship is a conversational way of discerning one’s journey about faith and life. It’s the gentle direction of attention, noticing how God shows up in new and surprising ways. The spiritual director does not direct so much as explore the indicators of God’s real and active presence in another with curiosity. The nudges of one’s life invite a syncing up that harmonizes a journey of growth and exploration toward wholeness with God and others through hospitality, presence, and dialogue.
“Spiritual direction is not problem-centered like counseling, skill-centered like mentoring, or issue-centered like coaching. While similar to these disciplines, spiritual direction centers explicitly on one’s relationship with God to awaken and strengthen that relationship.” (Dan Henry, Pilgrims Heart)
I have been with my bride for thirty-six years. We have a son, daughter, daughter-in-law, grandson, and a ‘little sweetie’ entering the world this May. I have recently finished up a four-month sabbatical, following twenty-four years as a chaplain and several years as a pastor. I was a hospice chaplain for sixteen years and served as a chaplain/coordinator in a local hospital for eight years. I have also pastored churches along my journey. I have discovered God to be faithful to speak, lead, and encourage others and me through many valleys, some very dark and deep. He shepherded me across fields and up mountain tops, full of vistas and invitations for fifty-seven years. This adventurous journey continues.
Sitting with others on their journey is one of life’s greatest joys. I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, cycling, social gatherings, Henry my Bernedoodle, journaling, any place in nature, and great books.
I look forward to hearing your story.