Sunday, March 6, 2011

Counting loss as gain


March 6, 2011

Dear friends,

In my study this week I ran across an old Franciscan prayer that has lingered at the back of my consciousness and challenged my thinking and living. Verses one and four [out of five] read:

"May God bless you with a restless discomfort
About easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.


May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that
You really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able,
With God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done."

Discomfort and foolishness can (and do) indeed lead to change—neither psychological research nor the wisdom of the street would find this a novel idea. But—discomfort as a nudge toward seeking truth and loving deeply? Foolishness as a foothold for faith and risk and kingdom building? In God's economy the raw-materials for success sometimes have a strange initial appearance.

How do you anticipate God using your discomfort and your foolishness (if you have such things in your repertoire of behaviors) to build the kingdom this week?

Seeking with you that all things in my life become useful materials in the Spirit’s work.

See you next week.


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