The Third Round: What kind of submission can I bring when I have struggled with the reading? (11 mins)

Also, from the Logopraxis Workbook:

STEP 6: PREPARE A SUBMISSION

Each Submission is the Lord’s Gift to the Group

One of the real delights of Logopraxis group life is seeing how each person’s experience of the Word becomes woven together to form an integrated collective experience. This is a regular occurrence in Logopraxis that bears witness to how the intentional practice of the Word can form affections and deep connections between practitioners and create spiritual community. In Logopraxis group life, we experience how the Word leads, guides, and directs all things toward a fuller experience of the Lord in and through others, as the “living bread come down from heaven.” (John 6:51).

Step 6 involves creating a concise summary that we can offer to our Life Group of what happened as we worked with our task. This summary is known in Logopraxis as a ‘submission’, and typically, a submission includes the following:

  • The number of the paragraph and the chosen piece of Text we worked with.
  • The spiritual principle we drew from our chosen piece of Text.
  • The task that was formulated from the principle, to give us a work focus.
  • A concise summary of what our work revealed for us over the period.

For the Benefit of Others

The Logopraxis submission describes how we experienced the Word working in us, and the material that we gather individually in our practice, when shared with our group, is to support the spiritual lives of others in the group as well as the group as a whole. Each person’s submission is the Lord’s gift to the group, and in Logopraxis, we recognise the Lord’s Providence in what each person settles on from the Text to work with. So, in a sense the submission isn’t really ours but has been given to us as if it were ours. In this way, the Word is acknowledged as producing what’s needed for the life of the individual, for the life of others in the group, and for the life of the group taken as a whole.

Because Logopraxis is focused on the practise of truths, we try to avoid commenting on things in our submission that don’t fall within the range of our direct experience of the Text. It’s also good practise to keep any personal details, related to specific events or people to a minimum. We seek to offer only the essential aspects of our work, and a general description of the external details that framed our experience to provide context. This also provides a great opportunity to work, and notice any form of judgement, merit, self-condemnation, or ownership that can easily be running in the background.

As we share these experiences of the Word working in our lives with the members of our group, it creates a rich learning environment through which the Lord as the Word can teach us.  What has been worked into each member, through their willingness to engage with the Text, is what sustains the Logopraxis community; it is the bread which, when broken through being shared with others, opens our hearts so that we might see the Lord in our midst (See Luke 24:30-31).

 

Third Round posts are short audio clips taken from Round 3 comments offered in the online Logopraxis Life Group meetings. The aim is to keep the focus on understanding the Text in terms of its application to the inner life along with reinforcing any key LP principles that have been highlighted in the exchanges.

 

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Subscribe
Notify of
4 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Marian Fraser
Marian Fraser
2 months ago

Its really helpful to see that struggling to engage with the text, brings up the same feelings as when ever we are frustrated. Its wonderful to have the text draw out what we need to work with.

David Millar
Admin
Reply to  Marian Fraser
2 months ago

Isn’t it just 🙂

Dianna Synnestvedt
Dianna Synnestvedt
2 months ago

This is so succinct and full. Wonderful guidance!

Judy & Len Robinson
Judy & Len Robinson
2 months ago

Sooooo helpful! Thankyou!