“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Dear LIS Friend,
For me, Daylight Savings Time signals that the season of gatherings is drawing near. I eagerly anticipate celebrations with family and friends through the remainder of the year and into the next.
Every celebration with others is another opportunity for holy stretching outside of our comfort zones.
We are called to recognize others in the same way we have been recognized by God — as purposed individuals who are valuable and loveable. When we offer our loved ones what God has offered us – mercy, love, patience and generosity – it makes these upcoming holiday gatherings spiritually fruitful. Hebrews 10:24-25 encourages us to be purposeful in stirring up the good in one another. Let’s look for the spiritual gifts in each other and for the fruit that will yield from accepting and extending forgiveness.
My prayer is that Jesus will fill any areas that are causing our lack of fruitfulness in relationships with others. Jesus, we trust in you to meet us where we are and to take over where we left off.
A perfect way to begin stirring up the gifts in ourselves and others is to make plans to register for these two upcoming events. For those women who’d like to kick off their holidays to a fruitful start, we are offering a
Women’s Retreat – Pursued by Love on November 15-17
. Registrations are still being accepted. Another promising event is on
Saturday, November 23
at a special
multilingual Ignatian Morning
celebration that will include Spanish and American Sign Language. All are invited to gather together in God’s name to celebrate and to give thanks for all the gifts we’ve received.
Peace and Blessings,