WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION?

Spiritual direction is a process of accompanying people on a spiritual journey and helping them grow closer to God. Spiritual direction helps people learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, and as humble servants of God. Are you seeking a closer relationship with God? Are you interested in deepening your spiritual journey? This may be a good time for you to explore Spiritual Direction.

GIFTS OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

You might come to spiritual direction for a variety of reasons, including to:

  • Identify and trust your own experiences of God
  • Integrate spirituality into your daily life
  • Discern and make difficult choices
  • Share your hopes, struggles and losses
  • Develop a sensitivity for justice and concern for the poor
  • Live the essence of your spiritual affiliation with integrity
  • Continue your path of spiritual formation
  • Discover more ways to grow closer to God
  • Have a guiding partner through your life journey

Spiritual direction is really not about being directed. The Real Spiritual Director is GOD.

DISCERNING GOD’S PRESENCE

In spiritual direction, you are invited to reflect deeply on the experiences of your daily life. Gradually, as you contemplate, you may begin to recognize God’s presence and grace in your life. You may see God’s fingerprints and God’s guiding hand as you look back over your life. You may come to realize how God’s spirit is truly with you every day and everywhere. You discover that God has been waiting for you to seek this closer relationship. Spiritual direction has a very rich and deep history in the Christian church and is very much about being encouraged to grow closer to God. Spiritual direction invites you into this relationship with God regardless of your faith history and relationship to a church. God seeks you where you are.

MEETING WITH A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

Spiritual directors have extensive training and formation and a God-given gift for the art of spiritual direction. The privilege and responsibility of a spiritual director is to journey with you as you deepen your relationship to God. The journey takes place in the context of a confidential one-on-one session with your spiritual director. You and your spiritual director will agree on a convenient location and time for meeting, usually once a month for an hour. There is generally a fee for meetings.

The primary focus of the session is the directee’s relationship with God as it is reflected and challenged by all aspects of that person’s life.

First Lutheran has several Spiritual Directors in residence. If you are seeking a Spiritual Director or have questions, contact:

Connie Stover
Nebraska Synod
conniestover@nebraskasynod.org