Thanks for your patience. I have been in my own hiatus. There are times, we need to sit back and reflect more than write, ponder more than pontificate, meditate more that meander publicly with our thoughts.
Blogs aren't meant to be narcissistic self righteous reflections of personal opinions. I think they are there to empower their reader through the challenges of life. This empowerment helps identify the key questions, may help to shape the essential components in the conversation and then watch the reader journey their way to their own conclusions.
There is so much adjustment and divine realignment taking place across the board. So many of yesterday's answers are simply not enough to ritualistically repeat for today's challenges. In the humility of leading through these uncertainties, we can all posture ourselves as students rather than tutors. Only the ignorant will quickly punch out a standard answer.
M and I have discovered through the clouds of uncertainty that the call to 'faith and patience' remains loud and clear. Having walked in a life of faith for some 35 years now, one would think that confidence in the journey would produce a air of boldness that is unstoppable. In many ways that is true, but there is another beautiful part of this mystery for which I am also so appreciative.
The longer we walk with Jesus, the less we are impressed with ourselves, our efforts and our labor. It is almost as if we become increasingly mesmerized with him - and that makes our humanity glaringly lacking. Yet the marvel of grace keeps us from despair and depression. It simply drives us to ever deepening wells of grace. There we find him 'whom our soul loves'. No words can adequately describe this very private walk. As we look into our own eyes and are embarrassed by our frailties, we look into his eyes and discover 'love so amazing so divine'. Faith's foundation is not revelation but love. When perfect love grips our soul, faith splashes our daily lives.
We are all on a journey. We are all on a great gospel story. There are so many promises that he has given us - both textual and prophetic. We will not find them in a pandora box. They are only found at the throne of grace. That is where he quietly asks : "Will you trust me?" Our one syllable answer will make all the difference. Faith and patience are only found where he is...