Seems the marketing strategy of the church these days is: “You can have the life you’ve always wanted.”
But who would want a life that looks like a cross?
–Rodney Reeves, Spirituality According to Paul (33)
We will open the book. Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
—Edith Lovejoy Pierce
This Spoken Word video by Odd Thomas is a great meditation for Christmas Eve. At the end is a portion of a sermon from the early church father, Augustine. I’ve included it here as well:
Man’s maker was made man,
that He, Ruler of the stars,
might nurse at His mother’s breast;
that the Bread might hunger,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired on its journey;
that Truth might be accused of false witnesses,
the Teacher be beaten with whips,
the Foundation be suspended on wood;
that Strength might grow weak;
that the Healer might be wounded;
that Life might die.
Intelligent silence is
the mother of prayer,
freedom from bondage,
custodian of zeal,
a guard on our thoughts...
a companion of stillness,
the opponent of dogmatism,
a growth of knowledge,
a hand to shape contemplation,
the secret journey upward.
Spirituality is not a formula; it is not a test.
It is a relationship.
Spirituality is not about competency;
it is about intimacy.
Spirituality is not about perfection;
it is about connection.
The way of spirituality begins where we are now
in the mess of our lives.