Tonight was the second half of our discussion on chapter one in our book Sacred Roads, Relational Discipleship. Understand, please, that the word TANGENT was used to describe our ragamuffin group of women. We stray from topic to talk about things such as the priesthood and the way they love wine, Amway hawking in the 1980s, and the Latina family structure. So it’s all a great ball of fun.
We had five women, two who were not part of the five we had last week. It’s kind of funny, seeing as how all save one (including me) are DRASTIC Type A people (and I am giving the benefit of the doubt to T, the new girl, as I don’t know her well enough to say yep, she’s one of us). And we all seemed to struggle with the same concepts. Confession and submission.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that submission is the point of relational discipleship. But the examples that are given in the book brought the subject up. To be honest, submission is a word that didn’t occur to me in the slightest when I was reading, but it must have come up for others. The first Old Testament story that is given was for Moses and Joshua, how Joshua served as Moses’s second until such a time as he was appointed the leader–40 years after first starting to serve with Moses. I thought it was odd that the questions for this section were difficult for people to answer–we had to describe a training experience, good or bad, and what the value in a spiritual relationship like that would be. I came up with answers easily, I admit–but then again, training is what I do. (Well, what I would do were I employed for a living at this current time.) It was odd to me that people couldn’t think of examples. Continue reading