December 5, 2017
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Do you make lists?

I do sometimes. There are lists of many kinds—Christmas wish lists, naughty or nice lists, “bucket lists,” the inevitable “TO DO list”. There’s even an app on my phone for managing lists and more.

I don’t always attend to everything on my lists. Recently, cleaning out some long neglected desk drawers, I found an old handwritten list. Some items were crossed out and others not, but I can’t remember what the list was for or how old it was. Why did I cross out some names? Did they give me something? Do I still owe some thank you notes?

Perhaps I need to do some prayer about my list-making this Advent. Maybe it’s time to be more reflective about what I say I really desire, what is really mine to do, and who needs my attending. I think I need some spiritual guidance about my list-making.

(c) 2017 Nancy Kate Dunkerley, DMIN

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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