Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Walking through Chaos

La Gente.. / The People.. Foxspain Fotografía via Compfight

We all move through chaos. Usually we try to avoid it, control it, or mitigate it, but it seems to be getting worse and worse. Maybe we’re looking at it all wrong. Didn’t and doesn’t God create out of chaos? What about us?

Church In A Bar

This all came up because we started going to church in a bar, The Flora-Bama Lounge & Package to be exact. They bill themselves as “The Ultimate No Judgment Zone,” I said ‘right’.

As we walked in, we were greeted by a lot of happy people, all trying to help us. Then I saw a guy coming into the service carrying a couple of beers. We sat down across the picnic table from a lesbian couple. This place had no walls, just a tent top, no air conditioner and everybody was sweating for Jesus. On top of that, nobody, and I mean nobody, was dressed for ‘church’.

Walking Though the Chaos

The band started up with a rendition of Sweet Home Flora-Bama and even did a blues number. I sat waiting for ‘religion’ to drop, but it didn’t. I saw Jesus walking through the chaos, doing small acts of kindness, passing out water bottles and fans, and listening to people.

The sermon was on recovery. A woman got up and read her poem, “I Am the Mother of an Addict.” It was deep, short and to the point. No manipulation and no crowd factor tactics. It all lasted for only one hour.

As the crowd was leaving, and the chairs were being put up, I saw a group of people walking into the Gulf to be baptised.

I learned something that day I should never have forgotten.

God brings life out of chaos. Through Jesus our chaos is transformed into life. ~ Click to Tweet

Here’s an awesome prayer to help you focus your heart and poise your life in the midst of your daily chaos.

A Classic Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, harmony; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek to be comforted as to comfort; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in forgiving that we are forgiven; and it is in dying that we awaken to eternal life.

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