Don’t Talk, Don’t Run
By Stephanie Gretchen Burgevin. Stephanie is a writer and retreat leader. She is an associate faculty member of Shalem and a graduate of theirLeading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program and leads spiritual and secular programs. Stephanie manages Shalem’s blog and is one of the social media coordinators for the Shalem Institute Facebook page.
At the recent Contemplative Voices Award evening Rose Mary Dougherty told a story about when Tilden Edwards (Shalem’s founder) was a newly ordained minister. He was going out on his first “sick call” and feeling a bit nervous. His rector called out to him as he was leaving and said the woman Tilden was going to see was an important person for the church. That if it wasn’t for her the church wouldn’t exist (nothing like a little pressure).
Well, Tilden got to the hospital and stood in the woman’s doorway. He was relieved, she seemed to be sleeping. Perhaps, he thought he would get out of it after all.
At that moment she opened her eyes and said, “Don’t talk, don’t run.”
Aren’t those wonderful directions for our spiritual lives?
Don’t let our words, our over-thinking and complicating processes get in the way of the most natural relationship there is. Keep it simple.
Don’t run, even when it gets scary or frustrating or seems empty. Stick with it.
How do those words feel to you? Do you ever find yourself getting in your own way?
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