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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Full Circle

I opened up my lectionary reading, today, and wouldn't you know it, Isaiah 43 was front and center.  It's only been a matter of weeks since I shared Isaiah 43:2, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze" (NIV).  It's not lost on me that the very words that have been echoing in my mind for some time are also the words on which I will end these soul care days.

I have some degree of anxiety over what comes next, but God has carried me this far.  There have been any number of times during my life that God could have dropped me if God wanted to do so.  Since that hasn't happened yet, I have no reason to believe that today will be the day.  With this thought comes the reminder that life is cyclical.  When the teacher writes, "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV), he's not kidding.

The past few days have allowed me some time to reflect, and in the process I re-read many things I wrote 3-4 years ago.  There are a variety of reasons for picking that time of my life, but some things stood out to me.  The most important, for today, is that time really does heal a lot... not everything, that's for sure, but maybe enough.  I wonder how I'll feel about this season of life 3-4 years from now.

I ran across a quote, this morning, that is resonating: "We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves" - Thomas Merton.  In some ways, I have done this in recent years, and in other ways, I have failed miserably.  I hope I do more of the former and less of the latter, moving forward, as I now transition from "just" ordinary days to full on ordinary life...


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