Mysticism includes spiritual experience and remains intrinsic to human life. Without the tempering processes of wise discernment, it can lead to unbalanced and destructive practice. The mystical element of spirituality is vital to knowing and loving God and to loving and serving our neighbors. When we reclaim mysticism and place it in its rightful place in the Christian life and when we learn with Paul to listen to God, using good practices of discernment, we will find our way out of the ditch and back onto the way of Jesus.
—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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[Paul said,] “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
—Galatians 1:11-12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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