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Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Sea of Tranquility

When, if ever, have you “run away”? Where did you go? For how long? What were you escaping? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 456).

Today is communion Sunday, a day we remember the grace of God who loves us unconditionally and yearns for us to come to him with full integrity – fully cognizant of and fully fessing up to our heretofore reflexively veiled and carefully concealed imperfection – a heady dishonesty that inevitably leads to a practiced defensiveness and hypocrisy with shades of neurosis. Christian psychology tells us that being unconditionally loved and coming to Christ with humble honesty and unflinching integrity is the only route to freedom. Everything else is an escape from freedom in which we defensively run away from other people, God, even ourselves. It is in this light that I no longer pray for scintillating confidence; I pray instead for the steady anchor of abiding peace that suffuses one’s life when assured that one is fully known, fully accepted, and eternally loved. 

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