Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today - May 23

Who am I? I am a human being who exists in time and story. I am a creature. I love and am loved. I am knower and known. I am limited. I am finite. I am sinful. I am not self-sufficient. I am not ultimate authority. I do not have the capacity to exclusively self-determine what actions I am free to do, nor what actions I am constrained from doing. I am a human being. I need Divine sources and referents to give wisdom as to how to be and be with others. Being human is subjectively objective – both I and outside of I have a role in telling me who I am, but they don’t have the same degree of say so. Being human is to practice a hermeneutics of trust and suspicion across the whole of life, including my own I am. It simply won’t do to trust I and be suspicious of everyone and everything else. I cannot bear the weight without pretending and cheating. But who will see; who will invite me to a genuine integrity? Questioning my own perspectives of what I trust and what I suspect in light of a greater calling is an essential part of being human and it begins to respond to who I really am.

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