It has been quite a journey since October. Writing this blog post is a journey as well. May God bless these words and the people that read them.
First, I want to speak about what I observed during this process.
- The group changed in size from week to week. Why was that? I do know that LaSallers are very busy with work, family, friends, career, school, etc. Elizabeth and I had prepared so I did not need to not worry about why people are coming or not. We would enjoy meeting with the people present. One of our best discussions was with a smaller group In March. We discussed the tree and its branches–areas of ministry where we feel the Lord calling us.
- One of my concerns was being an introvert and leading a group. But with preparation, prayer and feeling accepted by participants in the school, it worked out. Having a partner in leadership was also helpful.
- It was good to connect with people that I had known in the past. I also enjoyed meeting new people. There was a warmth in our group that I appreciated very much. It was a blessing to celebrate birthdays and enjoy each other’s company.
- Whether we are engaged in a discussion, prayer or sitting in silence, we are to be God’s people. God comes, and maybe not in the way we think he should come. God came to Elijah, not in the fire or the earthquake but in sheer silence. (I Kings 19) Sometimes he seems far away. But, as Carl Jung wrote, “Bidden or unbidden, God is present.”
- There is a sacredness and an honor around LaSalle’s history. Our past must always be respected. The past informs and helps us shape our future. We learn from past mistakes, enabling us to move on. We cannot be tied to the past.
Next, I would like to describe some highlights.
- The first prayer school session in October was about God’s abundance. We have an abundant Lord and know this to be the true, whether it is in the $500 check or the 1.4 million windfall. We have heard many stories about how people invested their $500 checks in the lives of others. Out of abundance we have received and we have given. We are grateful. God’s love endures forever. (Psalm 136)
- The mini-summit and fall retreat were wonderful times of being connected to God and each other.
- The five trees are consistent with our ministry and follow what God has called us to do in our church, neighborhood, and abroad.
- In May we will wrap up our sessions. We will praise our God for the meetings we had together and thank him for his faithfulness. Let every creature praise his holy name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:21)
During my testimony in March, I mentioned the power of the Holy Spirit. May that spirit move in us, through us, and around us, granting us grace, peace, and wisdom. Let us ask God to guide each one of us as we journey with him. And may he continue to guide LaSalle Street church.
In Christ’s Love,
Ruth Ann Webb
Captain of the Lionfish Prayer School