Reading: Chapter 3
A heartfelt thank you to each of you who opened your heart last week, and shared your questions, reflections and journey with us. Thank you also to those who are journeying with us silently, your presence is equally valued.
Henri describes how his relationship with Adam grew, and how it began to change him. Henri shares with us the way that Adam, through his life and presence helped Henri receive some deep spiritual truths. In this Chapter, Henri reflects on many of the themes that you all raised last week, so please feel free to continue with, and deepen, those themes.
1_Henri, like many of us, would often get wrapped up in what other people where thinking of him, and the need to prove himself worthy of love and acceptance. Adam’s message to Henri was, in part, that “being is more important than doing” and that “God’s love is more important than the praise of people” (p56).
a) In what ways do you fall into the trap of “doing” in order to prove yourself worthy (of love / acceptance / God’s love)?
b) How can we receive /embrace/ live the truth of God’s love for us?
2_Adam invited Henri to “just be with me and trust that this is where you have to be” (p48).
a) Are there people in your life who are calling you to “just be with” them?
b) What keeps you from taking the time to be with them? (See page 42 for Henri’s exploration of is own fear)
c) How does Henri’s experience with Adam help you understand God’s desire for us in relationship with Him?
3_Henri realizes that “the greatest gift I could offer [Adam] was my open hand and open heart to receive from him his precious gift…” (p59).
a) What does it mean to have an open hand and an open heart with another?
b) How might the decision and practice of receiving from another relate to the questions from 1 and 2 above?
4_After realizing how deeply Adam has touched his heart and life, Henri desires to share his relationship with Adam with others.
a) How did he do this with Murray?
b) How is this a metaphor for how we are called to share Jesus with others?
As always, feel free to share whatever came up for you in the reading. We offer these questions simply to help facilitate the discussion, but we are not bound to them. We look forward to hearing from you!
Ray and Brynn