Tag: Falling Upward

Thin Places

By Mike Perry
Do you sometimes feel close to God but other times not so much? Have you ever described yourself as being spiritual but not necessarily religious? The ancient Celtic Christians used to speak of thin places. Places were the boundary between the reality of this world and the realm of God was very thin. We may not realize it but each of us has our own thin places. Places where we feel closer to God. This could be partaking in communion at a Sunday morning church service; a majestic star-filled sky, a breathtaking sunset, beautiful music, or even the sound of a baby’s cries. Whatever your thin place is, we invite you to share it with us this Sunday morning at 8:45 and 10:45. We are the Francis Street First United Methodist Church at 12th and Faraon, downtown St. Joseph, Missouri where each is recognized as a Child of God and is accepted just as you are. Join us as we seek to know God and follow Jesus Christ.

Coping with Sudden Life Changes

In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down – that is, in fact, moving upward – is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions.

Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand “up”. We grow spiritually more by doing it wrong than by doing it right, and the disappointments of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys in the second half of life.

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