05 December 2008

believe

letting this sink in...again
and then thinking about the real meaning of Christmas...

"You are the son/daughter of a kind, strong, and engaged Father, a Father wise enough to guide you in the Way, generous enough to provide for your journey, offering to walk with you every step.

This is perhaps the hardest thing for us to believe—really believe, down deep in our hearts, so that it changes us forever, changes the way we approach each day.

I believe this is the core issue of our shared dilemma. We just don’t believe it. Our core assumptions about the world boil down to this: We are on our own to make life work. We are not watched over. We are not cared for. When we are hit with a problem, we have to figure it out ourselves, or just take the hit. If anything good is going to come our way, we’re the ones who are going to have to arrange for it. Many of us have called upon God as Father, but, frankly, he doesn’t seem to have heard. We’re not sure why. Maybe we didn’t do it right. Maybe he’s about more important matters. Whatever the reason, our experience of this world has framed our approach to life. We believe we are fatherless.

Whatever life has taught us, and though we may not have put it into these exact words, we feel that we are alone. Simply look at the way men live. If I were to give an honest assessment of my life for the past thirty years, I’d have to confess the bulk of it as Striving and Indulging. Pushing myself hard to excel, taking on the battles that come to me with determination but also with a fear-based drivenness, believing deep down inside that there is no one I can trust to come through for me. Striving. And then, arranging for little pleasures along the way to help ease the pain of the drivenness and loneliness. Dinners out, adventure gear. Indulging. A fatherless way to live.

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You are the son/daughter of a kind, strong, and engaged Father, a Father wise enough to guide you in the Way, generous enough to provide for your journey, offering to walk with you every step."

(The Way of The Wild Heart , 22-24)

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1 Comments:

Blogger noelle said...

I really agree. I think there are cultures in the world where it is easier to embrace this idea. Cultures that don't place as much emphasis on the individual. Sadly, as we westernize the world, that beautiful eastern idea that we are part of something bigger than ourselves becomes lost.

If we really allow ourselves to accept the offerings of our Father, we often see that they come through the hands of our brothers and sisters. It is quite humbling to receive from others, but so much easier when we realize that these too are the gifts of the Father. That has been a hard lesson for us these past few years.

But as we learn to receive, we also learn to give of ourselves and our hearts as an act of worship.

December 5, 2008 at 11:36 AM  

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