"EVERYTHING I AM"
"THE GIFT OF GRIEF"
"I AM NOT ASHAMED"
"FEAR AND ITS MANY FACES"
"WHOLENESS" (Pepperdine University)
I had an epiphany about Faith today...
As I was out running through the hills of Marin, I had a light bulb go off. It’s interesting that many times when I am in motion of some kind, some of my clearest thoughts emerge and in a moment, those things I might wrestle with normally produce clarity and new perspective.
In this season of death and rebirth, fall and recovery from the fall, shedding and letting go, I realize that for most of my life, I have equated having Faith with the honoring of a belief system by which I was raised. In many instances, I can look back and see how the nearness and familiarity of being raised with a certain worldview and religious tradition, often produced a distance and numbness towards the whole thing. And becoming increasingly afraid to admit I had doubt.
THE GOVERNANCE OF PERFECT LOVE
Most of us are aware of the world events that are ramping up in an intensity, whether it be the multi-faceted trouble in the Middle East, the killing of innocent majestic animals for the sake of "sport", the troubled waters that are a result of the disaster known as Fukashima, the collapsing banking system that is causing bankers to plunge from building windows, the unethical wars that our government continues to engage in at the expense of human life lost for no other reason than the lust of power and greed…and the list goes on. We instinctually know that we are entering a birth canal of sorts that is about to move us from a once warm, safe environment and way of being, through a tight passageway that will deliver us to a brave new way of living!