Guys. I am so freaking excited about this new project I’m sharing with you.
A few weeks ago, I participated in an overnight retreat at Sustainable Faith Indy. If you’ve never heard of Sustainable Faith, please go to that link and also go to there. It’s basically just this wonderfully serene urban home where you can disconnect and just be still and reflect. Also, Beth and Dave Booram (the owners) are the kindest people and make an amazing chicken curry soup. It was an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone.
Anyway, during my retreat I did a lot of reading and journaling, and I started outlining some initial thoughts for a blog post on prayer. As I was fleshing out my notes to publish here, I realized how potentially single-minded a post about my personal views on prayer could be interpreted. Obviously, we all come from super diverse backgrounds, but some of my feelings could seem unrealized, liberal, or even maybe heartless to someone with different experiences. (This may or may not make my upcoming post seem really cynical when it’s really not I promise.)
I also was trying to find a natural way to include some opinions that I happen to know my friends hold on prayer, but it just wasn’t flowing with my post. Then I realized, “why try to cram all these different perspectives into one post when I can do a series where people can actually share their opinions more freely?”
So that’s pretty much what I’m doing. I have never been shy about sharing my personal struggles with prayer, and I feel like other people are probably equally confounded/skeptical/intimidated/awestruck/grateful/(insert other adjective here) about it. And I’m super hungry to hear those perspectives right now and share them with you.
Over the next indefinite amount of blog posts, I’m going to be sharing personal stories and interviews with friends, family, community members, strangers, etc. regarding their views on prayer. They might be written posts, they might be video or audio recordings. I can’t guarantee we won’t be drinking during some of these discussions. But hopefully they personify something that can, in many ways, be a huge mystery to a lot of us.
I’ll be kickstarting the series with my original post I started writing in the next few days, followed by an interview with a really dear friend soon after. In the meantime, if you are interested in sharing your thoughts and stories with me, I would love to hear them. I want to meet you over coffee or buy you a beer (or margarita. preferably a margarita.) or email you questions or record a video conference call with you. Please reach out to me.
Until then, thanks as always for reading.
XOXO - Eva