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Awakening in Ireland

I’m writing to you from Dublin, Ireland. Karen and I are here as a part of a conference for World Racers (all 350 of them coming from all over the world!) called the Awakening. It starts on the 30th.   I liked the movie Awakenings and I like the concept of awakening as a metaphor for d…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
I’m writing to you from Dublin, Ireland. Karen and I are here as a part of a conference for World Racers (all 350 of them coming from all over the world!) called the Awakening. It starts on the 30th.
 
I liked the movie Awakenings and I like the concept of awakening as a metaphor for discipleship. In the movie, Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) has a ward full of comatose patients. He develops a possible chemical cure and, when he tries it on his patients, they wake up.
Robert De Niro plays the part of Leonard Lowe who at one point says, “Hello. My name is Leonard Lowe. It has been explained to me that I’ve been away for quite some time. I’m back.”
Many of us, having experienced dramatic spiritual growth at one point in our lives, have effectively gone to sleep. That dramatic encounter we had with God seems like a distant memory. We’ve gone numb and need to wake up. We need to find our way back. We need to see spiritual reality for what it is.
 
It’s true for all of us. Periodically life does a number on us. We need help waking up. A worship experience can do that for you, the prayers of friends can help wake you up. Seeing God move in power can do it.
 
An awakening can happen by accident, but it’s the hungry that get fed. Better to go in search of it. There’s more out there if you’ll look for it. How’s your walk with God? Periodic numbness is normal, but an awakening could be just around the corner. Listen to the Lord in Rev. 3:2 and respond to the Spirit’s call.
 
“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.” Revelations 3:2

Comments (6)

  • I pray each one who is coming to the Awaken would be hungry and thirsty for more of God and that they would not be satisfied until they have more. May the glory of the Lord fall.

    May the awakening spread forth from that place into all the nations.

    I pray the Lord of the harvest would fertilize and water and bring forth fruit from your time in Ireland.

    Blessings to you and Karen and the team.

  • Seth, you will find it interesting that Cornerstone’s final ritual of graduation for the kids and adults as they depart from the program is call “Awakening”. It is the end goal for everyone in the program both kids and adults. It is our most siginificant gathering and ceremony each year. When you awaken you celebrate the completion of the 12 steps, rigorous discipline in hosnesty and transparency, sponsorship of other people, and giving back of yourself to the group. The term Awakening is so appropriate because even though we are completing the program, we are just beginning a new season in our life more prepared more God filled. We are all still addicts, living life one day at a time, progress not perfection and now we strive to live surrendered lives to God’s will not our own.

  • What a good encouragement to avoid the natural temptations to what scripture calls “slumber”. Be blessed in your time there Seth. Praying for you…

  • wish we were there. josh and I would love to hang with you and Karen soon. maybe we can come visit. love you guys! t*

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