I think of myself as a gardener of souls who loves to see others bloom spiritually. Life offers each of us many opportunities for growth, opportunities we can seize upon if we're present in the moment and paying attention. In my years of working with youth and adults, I've seen that God does a great deal of spiritual nurturing when we learn His ways of communicating with us. In teaching the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for more than 20 years, I discovered that we all can develop an unexpected intimacy with God. I hope you’ll join me on this spiritual journey. I wish you all the best!
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Jesus told parables, hoping listeners would place themselves in the story and ask themselves questions like, "Could I be the good Samaritan, kneeling down and binding the wounds of my culture's "enemy?" Pastor and writer Gregory Boyd, tells us imagination is, "the main place we encounter God." St. Ignatius of Loyola, nearly 500 years ago, helped people deepen their love for Christ through the Spiritual Exercises involving imaginative Scriptural prayer.
If you merely read about Jesus calming the sea, you may miss the boat. But if you imagine the assault of the wet wind, the rocking of the boat, and Jesus bringing utter calm to the waves on command, the Biblical story comes alive. If Jesus looks into your eyes and asks you, "Do you still have no faith?" your answer will be full of new insight and sincerity of heart.
© 2019 Sally Metzger
I currently offer four workshops.
The Spiritual Exercises: Growing in Christ is for those who love Scripture (or wish they did). You'll learn how to make God's Word more transformative in your life as well as how to experience more fully God's love, peace, and presence.
A second workshop, Teaching as Ministry, is for those who love teaching (or wish they did). You'll realize your ministry with youth is sacred and grow in the joy of knowing God blesses your work, moment by moment.
Helping Children Grow in their Love for Jesus is a workshop for parents, grandparents, and teachers. It discusses the dos and don't of raising child with a living faith.
Finally, More Spiritual Exercises: Discernment and the Examen will teach you age-old methods of prayer and help you learn God's ways of communication.
"Do the thing and you will have the power" (Ralph Waldo Emerson). It's a quote I try to live by. As a longtime spiritual director and a Christian chaplain ministering to all faiths, I've witnessed firsthand the workings of grace. We all have incredible resources. God has decided to take up residence within us, and "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). It's raining, pouring, grace!
(Sometimes I wear a waterproof parka and can't feel a drop, but divine grace awaits my awakening to it.) The Giver of grace is gracious and has an infinite supply.
I hope some of these reflections will inspire you to seek more of the grace God offers. May they spark new insights, help you remember what you've always known, and help you live the truth within you.
"I just wanted to let you know how beautiful and perfect and ultimately challenging the guided imagery was. I didn't expect to have such an intense experience during reflection and certainly not one so emotionally charged. This experience was exactly what I needed." L.H.
"I have changed dramatically for the better. You have helped me not to worry about what other people think about me and to just be true to myself and my beliefs." R.T.
"Your talks this weekend have been amazing. You continue to inspire me to live a more Christ-centered life." S.B.
"I see growth in myself, a more peaceful existence, a deeper spiritual faith, and a happier life. Sally has a wonderful balance of competence in her field coupled with a beautiful, loving spirit that takes hold of you. She has a grounding and centeredness in spiritual truths that invites introspection and prayerfulness." D.T.
"In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer.
I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).