“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those how love him- but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.”- 1 Corinthians 2: 9-10
Leighton Ford asks what we should especially pay attention to at Compline in Chapter 9 of The Attentive Life. In response, he cites Mary Morrison from her book Let Evening Come. Mary suggests that evening is when we “turn from our long life of attending to others and begin to pay attention to ourselves” and become “artists in the understanding of our own lives.” This is an especially crucial step in the wake of our ministry downsizing or vocation loss. The key question is not how many years I have left, but what is deepest- what am I made for?
In his book Part of a Journey: An Autobiographical Journal, Philip Toynbee wrote that “mysteries are not problems to be solved, but realities to be contemplated.” Leighton Ford believes that the mysterious realities we most long for are “the place to which we belong, the person to whom we belong and the persons we are becoming.”
Compline involves profound transformation, that in becoming like Christ our true self emerges, revitalized to revision our vocation.
Today’s question: What has your journey toward revisioning and revitalization of God’s calling revealed about what’s deepest in you? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Examen: practicing attentiveness