August 28 Edevotional
“…with the humble acceptance of an abiding wonder for “the thing not named.”
I read this sentence this morning in a daily devotional newsletter from Richard Rohr, at The Center for Action and Contemplation. There is something not named, a mystery, a grace and mercy. After a night of fitful sleep, and a reminder that my friend’s 11-year-old grandson is having six-hour brain surgery today, I am sitting with open hands, trying to let go, “with the humble acceptance of an abiding wonder.” That, I believe, is a good definition of faith, interwoven with doubt, as Thomas taught us last Sunday. It also seems to be something children are better at than adults. A child, with the confidence that she is loved, lives life with that abiding wonder and humble acceptance. When is it that I acquired such a load of anxious responsibility that wipes out any wonder?
Humble acceptance and abiding wonder–these can be my spiritual disciplines for today, bringing me into the knowledge of “the thing not named.”
“In more theological or religious terms it is the Midrash, the underlying truth, the inspired layers that are hinted at, that invite but do not force themselves upon us. They must be searched out, struggled with and taken to heart. It is, at root, the mystery that makes the story memorable, worth telling over and over again, and staking your life on it. “
To not let the anxiety and doubt overcome the search and the struggle with the stories of good news. To allow the mystery of it all to overwhelm me once again, weaving me into it’s life, this mystery called God. To smell the green and growing things, to see the smile of a child, maybe even read one poem, speak with a friend, know that you are loved and blessed.
Pastor Sherrie Lowly