Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today - December 12

Rigorous self-examination is important, but it’s not the end of the story. To be right or wrong; a trusting or suspicious self, has significance in a multiplicity of ways, yet there is more. Our limits concerning who and what to trust and what and who to be suspicious of are drastically restricted, when we attempt to be self-determining agents. Try as we might, in strength or weakness, we discover that such efforts are unlivable. There is a genuine need for wisdom and discernment beyond the pale of merely self-decision. This brings us to the necessity of Divine light, which in real manifestations of God’s grace breaks through and shatters pretensions of self-authority, challenging us to think again, as spiritual arrows of love flow through, among other dimensions, people, texts, art, and nature, calling us out of the mire of our feeble efforts to authenticate ourselves. Freedom from being alone in the world is shocking, since it always enlarges our horizons and comes with increasing responsibility for knowing more and living better, albeit with less restraint.