Humility

Humility

Forces Greater Than Ourselves

Sooner or later we come into contact with ‘forces greater than ourselves,’ which if we’re not prepared for them can sweep us aside before we know what’s happened to us. The created world holds a litany of awesome forces –– oceans, deserts, mountains; behemoths, leviathans; the cosmos; all majestically dwarfing us and our concerns. Then consider love, loving an other who can be both enigma and our beloved at the same time; or for that matter truly giving ourselves in love to anything, is a willing leap into uncharted territory defined as much by what we don’t know and by our vulnerability as anything else. And yes, there’s God too, unknowable yet present in every moment of our lives, how are we to step up in encounters with her? Daunting to be sure, but this is the situation we find ourselves in. So is there a stance we can adopt that might keep us from being overwhelmed and at the same time set us up to be receptive to the encounter with these great forces?

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