A Contemplative Book
Rich Lewis appreciates a contemplative walk with God. The kind spiritual living which includes daily times set aside for listening in silence with God. Through Twitter he and I connected because of “Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots” (RCMR) by Amos Smith.
Rich is a part of the RCMR mystic movement, which highlights Christian truth through the spiritual discipline of meditation. He has written a book on centering prayer, a practice that is helpful in developing a centered spiritual life.
Something precious has been lost during this election season. The lack of civil behavior highlights an alarming trend. Public discourse and interactions have stooped to a new low. I, for one, find this unacceptable.
Some things, when lost, are difficult to retrieve.
I climbed the steps to the kitchen door, the baby in one arm and the other child holding my hand. Releasing the toddler’s grip, I quickly unlocked the door to let us in. It was lunch time and they were hungry. As I entered the back door, I noticed a paper on the table. The script was my husband’s and the note was addressed to me. Apprehensive, I put the baby down and turned it over to read. One minute later I knew my life would never be the same. I had joined the ranks of the abandoned, wives whose husbands have left them. In shock, scared, and destroyed, I made a call to my folks using the wall phone in the dining room. My voice sounded strange even to me. Family came, his and mine, but I was alone in a world of disbelief. How had it come to this? It would be several weeks before I knew the whereabouts of my husband.
Almost every negative experience delivers some form of loss. We may not recognize it as such, but it is. These often send us in a tailspin. We wander about trying to find a way to deal with it. There are counselors and advisors in every field who can be accessed. They are helpful. But, in reality, the choice is up to us–how we will react–deal or avoid–relative to the event or loss.
The human will is key to overcoming any situation and bearing any form of loss. We must want to deal with it in a proactive way–even if we know the way out will take years rather than months. Some situations require ongoing support especially when our lives are affected by another person’s struggles as with mental illness, addictions, or dependency needs. There are books and resources we can apprise ourselves of, but they often smack of a band-aid approach. Although they bring understanding and protection, they fail to do the healing and restoring.
Lois Faith Brumbaugh at age 20.
Lois is my sister, and she was my friend. Today I honor her memory with Lois’ Song written by my cousin a decade before her death. The words are apropos for I’m thinking of her. It is September. I always think about her in September because that is when we lost her. I was a little mommy to her when she was a baby. We would play house together, me, the big sis, and she, the little sister. She was born in September. She died in September. I am not very fond of September.
The way of the cross is a call to love. Christians rarely see it as such, but it is. Love God, love each other, love our neighbor, and love our enemy and those who persecute us…that is a call to love, which removes us from safe places and comfortable enclosures.