Encouragement for the Journey – 13/11/11

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Encouragement for the Journey – 13/11/11

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

From time to time, we receive news that touches deep within our heart.

This week it happened to Fleur and me, when we received the news that her sister-in-law in England has inoperable cancer. I know for many of you, you have been in that place, of being the recipient of news that once heard; our life becomes irrevocably changed forever.

How we live upon hearing such news will be vary from person to person, but what is common, is that life becomes very different. Things which once took centre stage, now find themselves on the periphery of our lives, while other things increasingly gain a new importance and relevance.

What I find amazing about us humanoids, is that it seems to take a major shock; to jolt us from what could be described as ‘dream like living’ to being ‘fully present awake and alive.’ There are many reasons for this, but, the result will be the same, the urgent will give way to the important. Our values become clearer and we focus on what is truly important in our lives.

Being Christ followers, we also acknowledge the spiritual dimension in our lives. Two questions that often get asked are: Why did this happen? And if God is a loving God, how could such a God, allow suffering and pain in our lives? These questions are without any satisfactory answer. Yet we ask, indeed we need to, for questions are essential aspects of the journey.

At this point on my journey, the mists of mystery swirl around me, I am in the mist and I breathe in the mist. This to me is a beautiful metaphor of God, who is omnipresent, and the Holy Spirit, the subtle energy and presence who grants courage and strength to live and follow in the footsteps of Jesus, through dark valleys and on sun lit plateaus.

Meanwhile Peace

Alf