The Original Short Short Story
By: Rev. Diana Wright
In the 1920's Ernest Hemingway's colleagues dared him to write a short short story in under 10 words. This was his response: For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
He is said to have considered it his best work! Whether that's true or not, it did challenge people to try to write their life's story in only 6 words. Some of my favorites are "Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends"; "Love me or leave me alone"; and "Should never have bought that ring." Recently the members of the Spiritual Growth Group took up this challenge, with one change: to write the story of their spiritual life, their spiritual autobiography in 6 words.
Two Monday evenings a month we are learning to share more of our lives with God and with one another. One of our goals is to try to notice, try to pay closer attention to God's presence in the ordinary moments of our day. Our evenings start with several minutes of silence and breath prayer. Then we may try to find the Holy in a piece of art; or pray with a poem; or share an experience of God's grace. We're not a Bible study but we use the Bible in new ways to pray. We're not a prayer group but we spend time in prayer. The Spiritual Growth Group provides structure, provides a framework for deepening one's relationship with God. The actual "work" happens outside of the group.
Here are the 6 word spiritual autobiographies of the people in our group:
Old soul mother quietude, gratitude, gift
Dormant for decades, growing by degrees
Confused, searching, seeking, wondering and hoping
I came, I saw, I struggled
Sure, unquestioning; Lonely, doubtful; Seeking, hopeful
Ritual and indifference to faithful seeking
Struggle to understand- work, rest, garden
Grace. Who, me? Gratitude. Unconditional Grace
We'll meet the 1st and 3rd Monday evenings, starting January 5 and going through March. "Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today" will be our guide. If you'd like to join us, please contact me (Rev. Diana Wright) or by phone at 951-733-1731. (I'll be gone December 1-20)