Tastes of Heaven – a Tour of Spiritual Practices
God is in the present. The risen Christ is in this time and this place.
Ironically, while God is in the present, very often we are not. We are a country of do-ers, not be-ers. Sociologists and anthropologists who study culture have found that the USA is the country that values doing the most. So from a very young age we learn to plan what we are going to do and to evaluate what we have done. It is very difficult to take time to be with God because it looks like we aren’t doing anything. What we call Spiritual Practices give us ways to set aside time to just be with God (which is after all our native land – it’s where we came from and where we are going).
Any practice that slows us down and points us toward God is a form of prayer. Christians over these past 2000 years have cooked up some delicious ways to pray.
We hope that you think of this series as something of a culinary travelogue. It will take you on a journey to explore ways of praying that perhaps you have never tried, or perhaps you thought only other Christians pray in that way. It will introduce many ways to slow down, look toward God, be with God, and feel more alive because of it.
We pray that you will find a taste of heaven that is healthy and delicious, and that you make it your own. And that is key. Please adjust to taste — make the experience one that has your own special seasoning so that you find God in every taste.
Bon voyage and bon appetite, or maybe we should say Bon prier (prayer)!