Jill Weber is a prayer mis­sion­ary and author who for the last five years has been estab­lish­ing a new monas­tic com­mu­ni­ty at the Waver­ley Abbey Estate in the U.K. Her desire is to cul­ti­vate thin spaces” where Jesus is loved.


Show Notes

[2:12] Could you share with us about the Waver­ly project you’ve been work­ing on for the past 5 years, and also about Order of the Mus­tard Seed.

[10:45] What does it look like for you per­son­al­ly to hold those prac­tices and val­ues in front of you.

[19:50] What do you say to peo­ple who are car­ry­ing a lot and not hav­ing room to go beyond their own fam­i­ly or the strug­gles that they are in? A friend of mine (Bill Vaswig) taught me much about prayer. When I go into cer­tain spaces where there is so much suf­fer­ing, and I’m just over­whelmed by it and don’t know what to do, he said, Nate, you’re sup­posed to pray. You see all this so you can pray. Just walk around and lift them up.”

[25:25] What is your hope for the com­mu­ni­ty at this old abbey; what would you like to see hap­pen in the years to come?

[33:28] How does dis­cern­ment work in your com­mu­ni­ty? When you make a deci­sion to move for­ward, what does that process look like?

[40:35] You can extend this to a church, min­istry, fam­i­ly, or small group, to pause and ask if there are apolo­gies that need to be made or repen­tance. God seems so intent on his chil­dren play­ing well together.

Resources

The Prayer of Relinquishment

Today, O Lord, I yield myself to you.
May your will be my delight today.
May you have per­fect sway in me.
May your love be the pat­tern of my liv­ing.
I sur­ren­der to you my hopes, my dreams, my ambi­tions.
Do with them what you will, when you will, as you will.
I place into your lov­ing care my fam­i­ly, my friends, my future.
Care for them with a care that I can nev­er give.
I release into your hands my need to con­trol, my crav­ing for sta­tus, my fear of obscu­ri­ty.
Erad­i­cate the evil, puri­fy the good, and estab­lish your King­dom on earth.
For Jesus’ sake,
Amen.

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