Here’ the challenge I posed Meredith for our last day of blogalogue: We’ve had a great blogalogue this past week. Now what I want to know, in the famous lines of Mary Oliver: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
First and foremost, I agree that we’ve had a great blogalogue this week. I cannot thank you enough for the invitation, fine forum and, most of all, the opportunity to write about matters of church and faith with a kindred spirit. Make my point about social media, Paul.
This blogalogue is a direct result of our online interactions, although I’m sure the Holy Spirit also played a role. Asking what I plan to do with my “one wild and precious life,” presumes that I actually think I’m in charge – although I’ll admit I often pretend that I am.
My daily prayers include a plea to know God’s will for my life and then be granted the wherewithal to follow through. Could be delusional, but I truly believe God’s plan for my one wild and precious life includes:
• ongoing spiritual formation until released from Earth duty;
• speaking up and out as my contribution to tikkun olam (repairing the world);
• writing and teaching about faith, modern monasticism, and Christian-Jewish dialogue (or lack thereof); and
• embracing every opportunity to live into the words of Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations (RSV)
As ever, I remain confident that more will be revealed!
Shalom vobiscum, Meredith