Am I courageous enough to engage in the spiritual practice of being uncomfortable? The only way to widen our threshold of tolerance for the uncomfortable is to dance at its edges, to consciously go to uncomfortable places and stay present. When we risk the unfamiliar, our resilience grows and we become more capable of living life fully. Patience=hupomone: to stay with whatever is happening, moving toward our fears instead of away from them so that we may experience God's deep presence and peace that will meet us in the midst of life's messiness and uncertainty ...Christine Valters Paintner
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
One confession I have to make is thinking I know how to respond to every situation without consulting You. I realize I would experience more of You if, in every situation, I paused and asked You for your wisdom and words and way for me.
Admitting my brokenness shatters the myth of my competence, but this shattering is like that of the alabaster jar at the feet of Jesus: it perfumes the whole house with the sweet aroma of wholehearted devotion, a grace fully received, and out of this comes wholeness. Wholeness is mine now because in my brokenness, Jesus completes me. Wholeness is not the absence of wounds but the fullness of Christ within our woundedness. Wholeness is brokenness owned and thereby healed. We can call our brokenness blessed and cherish it as the place where we most intimately know God and ourselves. from Transformed into Fire by Judith Hougen