Beginning our discussion of The Cup of Our Life by Joyce Rupp
Thank you to all of you who have indicated an interest in discussing Joyce Rupp’s book of spiritual exercises, The Cup of Our Life.
Anyone can join in the discussion and if you haven’t yet secured a copy of the book, visit the previous post which supplies links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Ave Maria Press.
Today’s discussion will begin with the introduction.
Joyce Rupp believes that symbols are important tools for deepening the spiritual life. She found the cup an especially rich symbol: “In the cup I see life, with its emptiness, fullness, brokenness, flaws, and blessings.” (page 2, The Cup of Our Life)
She also writes, “The spiritual journey is like that – a constant process of emptying and filling, of giving and receiving, of accepting and letting go.”
Have you chosen your cup yet?
Why is the cup you’ve chosen a favorite?
I already associate wonderful feelings with my cup. It wakes and cheers me up first thing in the morning. It makes me ambitious, eager to start the day. And it seems to unleash my creativity; I write best after that first cup in the morning.
What feelings do you associate with your favorite cup?
On page 2 of The Cup of Our Life, Joyce offers a meditation on the cup, describing first the physical appearance and melding that into the spiritual life, and the natural longing for wholeness and connectedness.
Does your life feel frazzled and disconnected? Do you feel a need to be made whole?
Joyce offers very pointed advice about the need to apply discipline to our spiritual lives. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray without ceasing;” such prayer is cultivated through deep desire coupled with a consistent, disciplined approach.
On page 7 she writes:
“Wake up: Be aware, open, ready to receive.
Show up: Discipline yourself to be there!
Shake up: Be willing to have your inner viewpoint rearranged.
Start up: Get moving. Take your relationship with God into your world. Let it make a difference in the way you live.”
How can meditating on your favorite coffee cup do that? You’d be surprised …