What is it to listen? To listen, to truly listen is to attend to, to take in, to receive. To listen to another is one of the greatest acts of love we can ever give. To pay attention. To be present. To empty out of our striving to be heard and instead to hear. To listen to the sounds of our daily life, the sound of our spouse or children breathing their sleep; to hear the sounds in our sky and on our street; to hear the rhythm of our workmates steps in the halls; to attend to the craft and love bound into the music we resonate with – all of it calls for our attendance and acknowledgement. How much more to listen to the Voice of God, everywhere present with us and ever speaking if we would but attend and recognise it. Learning to be still is the first step of listening. Learning to love is its culmination.
In a fallen world, we each face a long battle with darkness throughout our lives both around us and within us. Is it possible to overcome such pervasive conditions and if so, how? In this session, Lancia spoke from her own testimony as a creative about facing overwhelming darkness and three essentials that each of us need as God’s image-bearers in countering the shadows working against us.
The Anselm Society hosts a magnificent conference every year called Your Imagination Redeemed. Lancia E. Smith gave a workshop session for the 2018 conference addressing the topic of a Rule of Life. This session explores what a Rule of Life is, how we go about making one for ourselves, and how that ties in to creating a manifesto like the Cultivator’s Manifesto. The Anselm Society has generously given Cultivating permission to share that talk with you here.
Please do follow this link if you want to hear the other marvelous lectures given, including the fabulous ones from Amy Lee – Making Art Out of Our Longing for Home, Lanier Ivester – Rivendell and Christian Hospitality; Brian Brown – The Place of Art in the Church; and Heidi White – Facing the Monster. Consider joining Anselm Society as a patron and become part of the renaissance of the Christian imagination!