Friday, March 28, 2014
The Thirst For Encounter - Kayla McClurg in Inward/Outward
Even all the new and improved, enlightened “shoulds and should nots” we have created as antidote to the old oppressions, even these do not fulfill us. Try as we might to be satisfied, we never will find fulfillment by keeping rules or even by doing good work for good causes. The fight against racism and economic disparity and poverty and all manner of injustice is simply the response we make to the God we love.
But what we long for most deeply? It is to wake up to wonder. In Mary Oliver’s words, it is “to be a bride married to amazement.” Married not to many rules, or many causes, but to the depths of encounter.
Here, alongside the Samaritan woman, we see that to meet one another beyond surface identities, to share our thirst, is to discover who we are, more than creed or race or condition. We are vessels for amazement, created for communion, for wellsprings of wonder to flow fresh and free.
The full article is available here