Saturday, March 31, 2012

two polarities.

It is fairly common among people who get interested in religion or God to get proportionately disinterested in their jobs and families, their communities and their colleagues--the more of God, the less of human.  But that is not the way God intends it.  Wisdom counters this tendency by giving witness to the precious nature of human experience in all its forms, whether or not it feels "spiritual."
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If it's human, it qualifies.  Any human experience, feeling, or thought can be prayed.  Eventually, it must all be prayed if it is to retain--or recover--its essential humanity.  The totality of God's concern with the totality of our humanity is then elaborated by means of the two polarities.
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The life of faith has to do with extraordinary experience; the life of faith has to do with ordinary experience.  Neither cancels out the other; neither takes precedence over the other...The life of faith has to do with the glories of discovering far more in life than we ever dreamed of; the life of faith has to do with doggedly putting one flat foot in front of the other, wondering what the point of it all is.  Neither cancels out the other; neither takes precedence over the other.
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In such ways, these Wisdom writers keep us honest with and attentive to the entire range of human experience that God the Spirit uses to fashion a life of holy salvation in each of us.

--Eugene Peterson on the Wisdom literature (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs): The Message

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