The place of the most soul-subduing, faith-restoring, strengthening, and peaceful communion, in feeding upon the bread of life, that I have ever known.
Caroline E Stephen, 1890, Quaker faith & practice 2.02
How would you describe meeting for worship?
Ruth Fawell, a Friend writing in 1987, speaks of
God – the beyond which drew me and others on from our limitations and despairs and smallnesses.
Quaker faith & practice 2.06
Do you recognise this experience of something beyond you drawing you on from your own limits? What words would you use to describe it?
The sense of wonder and awe of the finite before the infinite leads naturally to thanksgiving and adoration.
Quaker faith & practice 2.01
What in your experience today leads you naturally to thanksgiving? Can you open yourself to an awareness of the infinite in this finite experience?
I think of prayer as a way to realign myself with God and the universe.
John Fitzgerald, http://johnfitzgerald.me.uk/2012/05/12/why-i-am-a-christian-quaker
So prayer could be anything that realigns you with that deepest truth within? What could come into that definition of prayer in your life?
Together, let us reject the clamour of fear and listen to the whisperings of hope.
Yearly Meeting of Aotearoa/New Zealand in Quaker faith & practice 24.10
Where in your life does fear limit your freedom to be who you truly are? What practice, action or letting go would help you to listen once more to the whisperings of hope in your heart?
In the introduction to Quaker faith & practice, Friends assert that
Signals come to us from all over the world that there is in the human spirit a prompting towards a better way that is persistent and will not be put down. This enduring hope confirms the truth asserted in John’s gospel that the light shines in darkness.
Have you experienced light shining in dark times in your own life? Have you ever had to continue in the darkness, taking it on faith that the light is shining, even if you are not able to perceive it at the time? How do you personally experience that persistent prompting towards a better way?