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Friday, March 16, 2012

The Eternal Now

What place from your past is of spiritual importance to you?  What makes this place so meaningful?  (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p.106)

Israel means “he struggles with God.”  Looking back over my life at spiritually significant times, I would characterize many of them as “God struggles with me.”  God is the proactive one, and I am too often the fearful, blind, reluctant one.  This is so much a part of my life, that when I think of spiritually significant times, they are always on the growing cusp of experience.  The present, the moving “now” is always of greatest significance—not some nostalgic moment in the past.  I cannot help but be grateful for all the blessings that over the years have been bestowed on me, but God’s questions to me always seem to be “But what have you done for me lately?  What have I planted in the past that should bear fruit today?”  I do not seek to build and set aside monumental pyramids to encapsulate eternity.  My faith is much like the national electrical grid—spiritual experience is not stored, but is excruciatingly transient and shared.  I continually rely on the spiritual resources provided daily.

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