Connections: Alive Now

We conclude our current look at “artistic” spirituality.  I’m sure we’ll return to it as we continue the journey.

I want to connect you with a source that kind of “pulls it all together”—Alive Now, a bi-monthly publication of The Upper Room, and also a 24/7 website of inspiration and interaction that you can find by Googling “Alive Now.”

The stated purpose of the magazine and ministry is to “help you find and nourish sacred space,” and they do it with a creative, multi-media approach to the spiritual life:  articles, photographs, paintings, poetry, media, etc.  Each issue of Alive Now (whether in print or online) treats a particular theme of the spiritual life, so you can have a sustained exploration of a single topic.  The theme is further supported by daily devotional readings.  I hope you will explore Alive Now if you are not already familiar with it.

In bringing this current emphasis to a close, I recently found this writing from Eugene Peterson which summarized the ultimate goal of artistic spiritual formation, particularly with respect to meditation, “Be your own artist: compose landscapes, insert gestures, provide tones.  Jesus is as alive now as he was then; use your imagination to create the setting in which his aliveness is contemporary with yours.  Be leisurely in his company.”  (Praying With Jesus, Introduction)

The word salvation means “wholeness.”  May God bless you as you bring “your whole self” into the formative experience.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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