Spiritual Wholeness - Relationship with God
Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (For the Right Use of God's Gifts BCP 827)
Many people today claim to be "spiritual but not religious." Usually this is understood as a person who believes in God, in some form, but does not attend or is not affiliated with a religious institution. Part of what this addresses is the disconnect some people feel in some religious institutions between the focus on the community and the focus on a personal relationship with God. Both are important for spiritual wholeness, and some religious groups do better at one part or another.
Relationship with God is an extremely important aspect of Christianity. God came to earth as Jesus in order to be in personal relationship with people. Our personal relationships with God affect the health and substance of the community's relationship with God and the community's ability to worship together. Many people grow up in churches and while getting connected with the community of people, getting involved in social events, outreach, or study, unfortunately fail to get personally connected to God. A personal relationship takes time and effort on the part of each individual... and may even require time outside of Sunday morning services.
Thankfully, it is never too late to connect, or reconnect, with God on a personal level. Getting started may seem daunting, however it can be as simple as setting aside 2 minutes of your day to be quiet and say, "Hi" to God. Perhaps saying a favorite prayer or simply telling God how you're doing that day. Don't worry, nothing is too small for God to work with. If you need to reconnect, perhaps finding a new devotional or a new medium in which to pray. Some pray by writing, some pray by coloring, some pray with their body, and some pray through music. Find what fits best for you. God will listen and understand.
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