Monday night was the first time in many years that I participated in a Charismatic Prayer Group.
I began my journey with the Charismatic Movement when I was in college at Aquinas. It was during the heights of the movement; the 1980’s. The group I was involved with was quite large about twenty young college women so excited to be involved with the movement, ready to receive the Spirit of the Lord.
I remember being very disappointed that I wasn’t “speaking in tongues” as many of the young women were, I am always quiet, saying little, praying silently. I thought there was something wrong with me, that the Holy Spirit didn’t want me, wasn’t going to “give me” a gift. It took me many years to understand that I was given a gift, that my style of prayer was just fine, many of my Charismatic mom friends would say that my prayer life “ran deep”; the still waters run deep kinda thing.
I am glad to be back with a group. The fellowship is wonderful. Being with people who don’t judge you about your emotional-spiritual life is so reassuring. The point of the prayer group is to give you a time to be with God, listening for Him and to Him. In a group you will find a gathering of people who care about what happens in your life, what happens to the world, and the Church as a family.
If you are interested in participating in a Lansing Michigan Charismatic Prayer Group I have provided a list below