Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Let's face it: It's pretty shallow out there. You could go for days without being confronted with a single "deep" question by co-workers, friends or family on the meaning of our lives, on death, on God and what it's "all about." How often are we invited by the culture to just take just the opposite path, the quick and easy, what feels good, what's safe and "non-threatening."

LET'S DIVE DEEPER! What mysteries lie below the surface of our everyday encounters? What stories could each of us tell, of the questions about life, death, the universe, our own experiences and how they have shaped and formed us; those secrets we have heard whispered in the quiet shadows of our thoughts. Maybe we are called to share them in the daylight? Our culture, of course, will always herd us into the shallows. "Oh it's not safe out there in your own thoughts... you could get swept away in some undercurrent, drawn out to the deep sea and who knows what could happen to you then?!" Exactly....

Let's allow the Mystery to draw us deeper in and further out. Let's ask the BIG questions.
Who am I? Who are you? Where are we going in such a hurry? And what lies beyond the rim of 80 or 90 years?

For inspiration, check out St. Peter above in Duccio's famous painting. Peter hears the call to "come" and he goes.... wow. What trembling, billowing, fearfully unstable waters are we being called even now to tread upon in faith? Can we step out in trust, into the deep?

"It is life nearest the bone where it is sweetest."
- Henry David Thoreau

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