...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Monday Moravian

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week -- For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we
will see face to face. 1 Corinthians 13:12

Admitting uncertainty is apart of healthy faith. Being open to mystery is a sign of growth, not regression. Franchised spirituality promises that if we believe without questioning, then all fear will disappear.

But courage is not the absence of fear, it's the presence and patience of love in any situation. It's assurance and trust in God's love even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Church growth consultants notwithstanding, the need to sell certainty is more about market share, not spiritual care. And the farther we travel from our own true calling and gift, the more energy we waste and the more exhausted we become. Clarity is good, when it's about our honest lack of clarity.

When Job demanded an answer from God, all God seemed to offer was another question that opened the door to more enigmas and questions, not fewer. "Why do you talk so much when you know so little." Job 38:2 CEV The apostle Paul's verse for this week is an invitation to receive heavenly wisdom -about yourself.

You don't need to have an opinion on everything. If you don't know the answer, do what the best teachers do--admit it. In that, may the restraining and renewing power of the Holy Spirit be yours.

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