Thursday, July 30, 2009

Read and Learn Thursday: Driving as a Spiritual Practice

Maybe you're like me and live in the suburbs and commute longish distances to church, work, shopping or activities in the inner city. Do you ever look at that time as a spiritual practice?

Our own PresbyBlogger Reverendmother does. And she wrote a great post about it to: A Spirituality of Driving. I really identified with her thoughts about driving providing liminal space between destination and the next; driving fostering connections between people; and driving demanding patience and reminding us that we are not in control.

I do some of my best praying in the car.

How about you? Do you find driving can be a spiritual practice?


Elaine said...

I commute 32 miles each way. It does provide a useful spatial distinction between work and home -- although I do a lot of work at home, it still ins't the office. There is no way that I could pray and drive. They both take too much attention.

Norman, Ok

Stushie said...

I pray a lot at stop lights - not for them to go green - but for specific people and projects. My commute seems to go a lot quicker...:)

John Shuck said...

I think we are in for a change. We might enjoy driving (and I do) and the spirituality of it.

This blip in human history is coming to a crash. The reality is that fossil fuels are limited and likely already have peaked.

As a church, we should be talking about the spirituality of walking, or in the interim, the spirituality of public transportation and carpooling.

It doesn't matter if we are Republican or Democrat, if we like SUVs or hybrids, we are in for change.

Last year, when gasoline was around $4 a gallon, we were asking how to do "church" within this reality. Then gas prices dropped and we went on our merry motoring. Gas prices are rising again.

But the big question (to which I don't have an answer) is what it means to be "spiritual" to live the Gospel in the face of our double crises brought by fossil fuels--energy and the environment.

I know this wasn't the focus of your post. Sorry to be a bummer. Feel free to ignore!