by Bishop Mark Narum – 4/9/2015
27 Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30 And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Mark 8:27-30
There were almost 50 of us from 7 congregations, gathered at Camp of the Cross about a month ago. A wonderful cross section of God’s people pondering ministry in Christ’s name, about congregational renewal grounded in scripture and prayer, dreaming about how God might use each of us and our congregations, eating and laughing.
One of the activities we engaged was a guided exploration of a piece of scripture to help each of us think about our own faith story. We were invited to sketch a picture or create a symbol of a time that Christ met us at a cross road. We were given another bit of time to sketch a picture of a time when God used each of us to be Good News for another. In all there were five different times for us to ponder scripture, reflect, draw.
Then we were invited to share our pictures and our stories with one other person. This is a holy time, getting to know the depths of another person’s life, where they have met the Risen Christ. This is a time of deep vulnerability as I share my faith journey from mountain highs to valley lows with another. I am no artist but each time I engage this activity drawn out of me is my faith story – a chance to practice Jesus’s question, “Who do you say that I am?”.