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Discovering Ourselves – A Reflection

June 30, 2020
Tonight’s Waxing Moon over Estes Park, Colorado

As the church continues to wrestle with the COVID-19 pandemic and what church is going to look like in the future, I see a challenge being offered to us. We are in the midst of a time that offers the church an opportunity to dig deeper into our faith and communal life. We are also being invited to dig deeper into our own personal faith and life as Christ-followers.

Perhaps if we take the time to pause and look inward as individuals and as a community of faith, we might learn something. Perhaps we can discover an interior reality which can transform us. Perhaps in that stillness we can listen for the Spirit’s call. Be Still and Know is more than simply a phrase or verse of Scripture. It is a call to exploration. Thomas Merton’s words in a book we studied for a class we took at Columbia Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation program speaks volumes to this journey of discovery.

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. (The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century, p. 11)

Friends, the invitation to the journey of discovering who we are called to be is before us. By listening to and following the calling of the Spirit, we can begin the voyage of a lifetime.

2 Comments
  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    I have always thought some of Merton’s short pieces to be among his best – the one you mentioned, the intro to Gandhi, the intro to Clement…The Shoshoneans…

  2. Reblogged this on Anniegoose's Blog and commented:
    Spirit is Calling

    Are you listening?

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