Tomorrow I will lead a workshop on spiritual autobiography at my church. The time will be limited to four hours, so we won’t be able to do a lot of writing. Here is the plan:
1. Begin with meditation.
3. We will then do three timed-writing life story exercises:
a. My life as a story of empowerment
b. My life as a story of tragedy, failure, victimhood
c. My life as a story of grace
4. We will conclude with gratitude for the pied beauty of our lives and for the opportunity to learn together.
The basic structure of this one-afternoon event came from Marilyn Chandler McEntyre who wrote an essay called “Growing in Grace” in Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life. Marilyn has taught courses on spiritual autobiography to both undergraduates and adults for many years. “I have nothing to give that was not a gift to me,” she says.
When we recognize our endebtedness to others and to God, we fill up with abundant wisdom and grace to give, keeping the cycle of growth alive.