Author: Rebecca Qualischefski - Middle Years Coordinator
At Faith, in recent days we have celebrated and marked with ceremony, a number of significant annual calendar events. Among many of these have included International Women’s Day events, Turning of the Sod ceremonies and Rite Journey Calling and Departure rituals, Anti Bullying Week reflections.
Our concept of self and formation of identity is shaped by multiple interactions with others and experiences of the world. As we develop and grow as humans, we participate in a multitude of events through which we “connect the dots” of our lived experience to form a unique concept of self and in turn, community. These experiences move from a conscious level of interpretation lived in the moment or in the context to the subconscious level where they are reflected in our beliefs, values and actions as we move through life. When we reflect upon how both positive and negative influences have affected upon us, we are better able to critique our choices and responses in the present and make goals for how we want to be as a person within our relationships in the future. How we think, feel, respond are markers for us personally and markers for others of our authenticity in relationships.
In our individual and community journey of Christian faith, our God shapes us daily as we interact with Him through his Word. We are comforted and encouraged to leave our burdens at the foot of the cross of Jesus, our Saviour and Redeemer. When we walk daily in His Spirit, Galations 5:22-23 says:
God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.
As people of God’s Way, we want to recognise His Spirit in each other and respond, to live authentically in relationship with others. What a privilege it is when we recognise this in each other to build up the body of Christ within our community.
Community and personal celebrations, reflections and rituals lead us to live intentional lives of service to others, to be a blessing and receive many blessings in return.