A Devotional Thought (thanks to Eugene Peterson)

October 22, 2008

My devotional life is filled with ups and downs.  I’ve never really settled into a genuine routine.  Over the years I’ve turned to a number of books and reading plans to help guide my study and deeper embrace of scripture.  Today I turned to a book by Eugene Peterson entitled God’s Message for Each Day.  Here’s what I found.  It spoke to me.  How about you? 

HAZARDS OF FAITH

It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going. (2 Corinthians 5:7, The Message)

“Flannery O’Connor once remarked that she had an aunt who thought that nothing happened in a story unless somebody got married or shot at the end of it.  But life seldom provides such definitive endings.  As a consequence, the best stories, the stories that show us true condition by immersing us in reality, don’t provide them either.  Life is ambiguous.  There are loose ends.  It takes maturity to live with the ambiguity and the chaos, the absurdity and the untidiness.  If we refuse to live with it, we exclude something, and what we exclude may very well be essential and dear – the hazards of faith, the mysteries of God.”

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