Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Faith and Life
Why is the church less interested in life and more in ideas? God is interested in the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Faith unfolds in life, and yet we are more interested in propositions. We think in terms of getting the right answers, as if life were a pop-quiz. God wraps us in a cloak of his breath, filling our nostrils, and this gives us life. It is when we turn to God's waiting arms that we discover God. We discover ourselves in all our weakness. We discover life, and questions. Turning to God makes me a beginner in life, full more of questions than of answers. My son cries when he doesn't understand the world around him. Am I any different? Maybe prayer is the acknowledgment of our weakness and turning to God in pleas. Power in prayer then becomes learning to listen.