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AUG 26, 2014 - Visual Epistles

Prayer as Spiritual Detox

Prayer as Spiritual Detox is the sixth session from The Art and Practice of Prayer , a 7 film series on embracing divine presence. Also the first collection from our new "Poieō Series: Liturgy That Shapes and Transforms." (The word poieō in Greek means “to make” and “to do.” This is where we get the word “poem.” Poetry comes through the creative process that we put into our lives, our relationships, our most intimate connections. This series is a collection to stir our deep longing to set our lives into the rhythm and meter of an eternal song).

With what do we fill our lives? Sarah Bessey talks about “detoxing” from the things that clog up our lives. Even though her conversation is not directly about “prayer,” Bessey is emphasizing purging our lives from what distracts us from being the person we are made to be. When we are able to lay down the idea of what makes us who we are, we can then receive the idea that we can have wholeness and freedom. Receiving the image of this “new being” is a daily practice of prayer. Join Bessey in this conversation of renewal that starts with a spiritual emptying of the soul.

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This discussion will be facilitated by Phuc Luu, theological and philosophical writer for TWOTP. He is a professor of theology and philosophy in Houston, Texas.

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