This certificate came in the mail at the end of July. This piece of paper represents a twelve-year journey, which began with the intention of just attending Larry Crabb's School of Spiritual Direction (SSD). I didn't even know what that meant, but knew I wanted to attend one because of the impact it had had nine months earlier on my dear friend's soul. Let's just say...
Dr. Larry Crabb rocked my world, my theology, my heart, my mind, and my soul.
He painted a picture of Trinitarian theology which wooed me to desire God more than I'd ever desired to know or love him previously. And that picture stirred me to want to relate to others as He designed me to relate as His female image-bearer.
This is the description of the SSD on Larry's New Way Ministries website,
"This week long intensive for 30 students in a retreat setting is an opportunity to understand and experience how the Spirit works deep in our souls to spiritually form us: and learn and practice a way of following the Spirit in others to arouse and direct their hunger for God."
This week long intensive turned into three week long intensives over the following two years. These stirred a longing in me to journey with people into the heart of God. Twelve years later, I completed all of my education and now have this certificate. This certificate represents the blood, sweat, tears, toils and triumphs of my personal spiritual formation. It has been marked by my own brokenness which has grown my hunger to love God and others with greater abandon.
The certificate arrived folded up so it had this crease through it. I thought about requesting another one. But then I thought how perfectly it represents my pilgrimage into being broken, so that I can be poured out for the sake of another.
Just wanted to celebrate with others.
PS...This link will connect you to the video Dennis posted two weeks ago which YouTube erred in processing.