Today, still exploring God and serving others

Kate McCord, exploring God and serving othersI’m always exploring! I suppose that’s the truest thing about me. The One I’m most passionately exploring is God! I see God as this great mystery who knows and loves me and everyone around me personally and completely.

I get glimpses; through Jesus, the Holy Spirit, scripture, prayer, worship, reflection, my experiences in the world, the writings, the stories of others, and the lives of others – everywhere. I figure I could spend my entire life getting to know God and barely scratch the surface of who he is. Yet every moment is full of his presence and I am both awed and delighted, satisfied and still hungry, knowing and still only dimly aware.

These days I’m focused on experience God in my own daily life story, in the world around me and in the stories of others. I’m deeply awed by the invitation to be one with God in Christ. I love the union we each have with God. And no, I don’t understand it all, but I’m having fun exploring.

Writing

I love writing. When I was kid I wrote incessantly; on the backs and edges of homework assignments, album covers, store receipts, or any scrap of paper I could find. Now, I write in a hand-made journals and on my computer. When I write, or think about what I’m going to write, or what I’ve just written, time stops. I explore; meaning, emotion, love, truth, grace – in whatever I’m writing about.

Writing for me is a dialog. I’m always talking with Jesus, listening, reflecting on scripture, following connections, exploring images. Sometimes I’ll start, thinking I know where I’m going, only to watch the words take their own course and realize that sweet ‘ah hah. So that’s what was in my heart.’ I just love that.

These days I’m producing DustDancer, a Transmedia story that explores God’s presence in ALL our stories. I love those places where the Spirit of the eternal God meets the spirit of flesh and blood human beings. It’s that nexus, that sacred conversation that I most love to explore.

Spiritual Direction

A few years ago I completed a 2 year, intensive training program and became a professional spiritual direction. I have the privilege of working with people all over the world. Together, we explore God’s voice within them. We talk about all sorts of things, and we can, because every aspect of our lives contains a doorway to that sacred and active indwelling Spirit with them.

You can read more about spiritual direction here: one on one spiritual direction.

I meet with people; some bi-weekly, some monthly, others just when they sense the need arising. All are seeking God in their own lives and learning to minister to others from the Truth they’ve experienced. I love this work. We sit together over Skype or Google HangOuts of Vsee. There’s always three of us; me, the person I’m meeting with, and the Holy Spirit. Our conversations are all about the other’s spiritual journey.

I also continue to meet with my own spiritual director to explore what the Spirit of God is doing within me. I just love that.

 

Other stuff…

Well, let’s see. I’m living in America and grateful for that, although, yes, I still miss my beloved friends in Afghanistan. Here, I play in my garden spring through fall. Snowshoe (and shovel snow) in the winter. Enjoy my family, faith community, two dogs who constantly demand my attention, and precious friends who I love but never see enough!

I love getting to know strangers and will talk to just about anyone – on planes, in parking lots, or local businesses. I’m addicted to healthy foods and especially love Asian and Middle Eastern spices. I’m constantly trying to honor the environment in all my lifestyle habits. I love walking in the woods, drawing, jigsaw puzzling, and building stuff (although I don’t do any of these things exceptional well, except, walking!)

I’m deeply grateful for the life I’ve had the privilege of living thus far and am looking forward with anticipation the seasons ahead of me.

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