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Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love

So much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. God has given us the gift of time, and called it holy, yet we often experience time as a curse. Recapture time as a gift and discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.

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This six-week journey of reflection on time is now available as an anytime series for individuals and groups. Subscribe to receive the series' video meditations from the SSJE Brothers directly in your inbox, or scroll down and view the videos below. This video offering is accompanied by a helpful workbook, as well as facilitation guidance for small groups from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.

To receive this offering in your inbox, as a daily email for six weeks, add the date you would like to begin. (We recommend that you start on a Sunday to maintain the weekly sequence). If you are going to follow this series as a group, we suggest that everyone coordinate the same start date to receive the videos in synch.

Whether you feel a sense of having too little time for all the demands of life, or whether you feel lonely amidst too much time, God is calling you to connection. God wants us to use our time not just wisely, but sacredly, in order to thrive. No matter what stage of life we are in, God’s invitation is that we be intentional in how we use our time in order to discover the abundance of life God desires for each of us.

Over the next five weeks, we invite you to join us in reflecting on our use of time, focusing especially on how we might take time to stop, pray, work, play and love. Together we will ponder our use of time, asking God to help us weave together the various threads of our lives into a beautiful tapestry in which each part of our life informs and complements the others, and enlivens the whole.

Facilitator’s Guides and other additional supporting materials are available online here >

Theological Reflection

Time
Redeeming the Gift

Br. Geoffrey Tristram proposes that much of our stress and anxiety derives from our pollution of Time. Ordering our relationship to Time can help us to experience the joy of the present moment.
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Workbook

A 16 page easily printable workbook with reflections and space for daily questions.

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Facilitators Guide

In partnership with the Center for the Ministry of Teachingat Virginia Theological Seminary has created resources to help your community get small groups going.

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Time 1: Time

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Q: What is your relationship to time?

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Time 2: Priorities

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Q: How do you set priorities in your life?

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Time 3: Sabbath

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Q: What will you call Sabbath?

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Time 4: Purpose

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Q: What daily practice sparks joy in you?

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Stop 1: Stop

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Q: Sit in total stillness for five minutes today.
How does it feel?

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Stop 2: Accountable

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Q: Where is your invitation to stop during the day?

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Stop 3: Liberation

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Q: What taskmasters do you need to be liberated from to reclaim your dignity?

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Stop 4: Being

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Q: How do you picture a day spent “being” – as opposed to “doing”?

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Stop 5: Drawn

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Q: Where are you drawn when you follow your heart?

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Stop 6: Contentment

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Q: Are you content right now?

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Stop 7: Observe

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Q: Schedule a day of complete rest: What does it help you realize about your life and heart?

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Pray 1: Pray

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Q: Where do you find God in the ordinary?

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Pray 2: Place

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Q: Where and how do you pray outside?

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Pray 3: Intercession

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Q: What is the “arrow prayer” in your heart right now?

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Pray 4: Gratitude

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Q: Can you name out loud what you are most grateful for?

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Pray 5: Unity

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Q: How might being attuned to those around you shape your prayer today?

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Pray 7: Present

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Q: Listen: what is God presenting to you in prayer today?

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Work 1: Work

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Q: Is replenishing your being a priority in your life?

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Work 2: Action

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Q: Consider your routines – where is God?

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Work 3: Return

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Q: How does your work serve others?

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Work 4: Boundaries

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Q: What limits would give you life?

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Work 5: Worth

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Q: By what measuring stick do you gauge your worth and the worth of others?

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Work 6: Intention

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Q: Make a list of three intentions for your work life today.
What difference would these make?

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Work 7: Rhythm

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Q: How is the pace of your life?

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Play 1: Play

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Q: Play for at least half an hour today.
How does it feel?

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Play 2: Wholeness

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Q: What is your favorite project?

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Play 3: Spontaneity

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Q: In play time today risk getting lost.
What happened?

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Play 4: Consumed

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Q: What helps you relax and be fully present in the moment?

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Play 5: Soaked

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Q: What activities take you outside of yourself?

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Play 6: Adventure

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Q: What has surprised and delighted you most recently?

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Play 7: Create

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Q: Book yourself a play date.
What did you do?

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Love 1: Love

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Q: How might you love someone you may not necessarily like?

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Love 2: Authentic

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Q: Are your expectations too rigid?

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Love 3: Identity

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Q: How are you a lover?

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Love 4: Yippee

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Q: Do you greet the day with a growl or a yippee?

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Love 5: Respond

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Q: How does your love bubble up in response to others today?

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Love 6: Gift

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Q: What is the greatest experience of love you’ve ever had?

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Love 7: Beloved

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Q: What is it about you that God delights in?

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