Query for October
How do I receive leadings that rise up in me and open myself to new growth and action?
Forum: Insights of Early Quakers, Part II -- led by Gary Whiting
June 25, 2023
We are all seekers, whether we’ve been in worship four months or forty years. And we share what we have found with all the other seekers. In this spirit, Meeting will hold a series of explorations of what early Quakers found. They will take place on the 4th Sundays of each month; the second will be held on June 25 with the quote below from Isaac Penington. This quote is one of the foundations of Quaker faith.
We invite you to join via zoom (11:30 – 12:30) if you can’t make it to Meeting on those days.
Know what it is that is to walk in the path of life, and indeed is alone capable of walking therein. It is that which groans, and which mourns; that which is begotten of God in thee. The path of life is for the seed of life. The true knowledge of the way, with the walking in the way, is reserved for God’s child, for God’s traveller. Therefore keep in the regeneration, keep in the birth; be no more than God hath made thee. Give over thine own willing; give over thine own running; give over thine own desiring to know, or to be anything, and sink down to the seed which God sows in the heart; and let that grow in thee, and be in thee, and breathe in thee, and act in thee, and thou shalt find by sweet experience, that the Lord knows that, and loves and owns that, and will lead it to the inheritance of life, which is his portion. --Isaac Penington, “Some Directions to the Panting Soul”