Hope's Garden: Encountering Christ - From Trust Unto Surrender DIGITAL Book
This sign up is for the Hope's Garden group doing the study, Encountering Christ: From Trust Unto Surrender. Included in this sign up are the virtual book on praying with art and Scripture, along with 6 sessions of prayer and discussion with a facilitator.
You have been loved from all eternity. You were created by God because he wanted to share with you the abundance of love and life flowing within and overflowing from the Trinity. You are uniquely and wonderfully made and called to abundance of life.
Christ came into this world to reveal to us the love of the Father and to save us from all darkness and evil. He did not stand apart from our struggles and our sorrows, but rather he entered into all the beauty and the pain of human existence in order to redeem us and free us to experience the joy of love.
This companion follows the trajectory of the ever-expanding loves that we experience on both the natural and supernatural levels of our being and our existence. We develop trust in God as we know ourselves to be beloved daughters, sisters, and friends. As this awareness and experience blossoms and heals, we deepen in our capacity to surrender to a love that is spousal and fruitful. No matter what our vocational calling is, it is always a call to life-giving love.
In prayer we enter a space of discovering how deeply we are loved, especially as we encounter Jesus Christ who came not to condemn but to save. Whatever the wounds and the fears and the doubts that we carry within us, he meets us just as he met the woman on the way in his three years of public ministry. Pondering what is revealed to us in the gospel, and the ways that great artists over the centuries have depicted the encounters between Christ and the women he loved, may we enter a space of deeper trust that will enable us to surrender ourselves with radical abandon to the God who loves us.
Along with 6 lessons on praying with art and Scripture with these themes, you are invited to pray the Litany of Trust found in the front cover of the book, and the Surrender Novena at the back of the book. It is our hope that as you grow in trust, you enter the freedom of ever deeper surrender to the God who loves you.