Tending the lampada of your soul

Orginally written on march 19th 2019

This morning while I drove to Seattle, I listened to the Faith Encouraged Daily podcast (among others) and it talked about pruning of the soul. I spent most of my morning thinking about how one would prune their spiritual vineyard. This little lesson really resonated with me and got me thinking about another example of faith and discipline that has become a daily task for me.

This little lesson really resonated with me and got me thinking about another example of faith and discipline that has become a daily task for me.

My wife and I recently added an oil lamp to our icon corner. We’ve been tending it together (she takes care of it while I’m at work, I tend it when I get home) and this little act of devotion has really become a pleasant chore for me. It quickly became apparent to me that tending the lampada is a mirror for how I should tend to my spiritual life.
First, we need to be continually pruning away/cutting off the charred dead ends that no longer help to produce light. So if what I’m doing won’t help my spiritual journey, then it probably needs to go. Second: now that the charred bits are pruned away, new wick needs to pushed up, so the flame has a proper place to burn. I’ve pruned the bad away, but now I need to grow the proper habits for my spiritual life to blossom and strengthen. And finally, I need to make sure I always have the lampada filled with the right kind of oil (or scripture/prayer and personal devotion) because if we run out of fuel, then there goes our flame.

What do you think? Like I said, I work a 16 hour day, usually on my butt, driving down the road, listening to music and AFR. I’ve got a lot of time for prayer, self reflection and off key singing. You’re all in my prayers.

-OT

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