DISCERNING THE RIGHT DIRECTION – a thoughtful description of what love is at its core – enables us to move ahead not with optimism but in hope, not despite the lack of visibility but precisely because of it. …
Hope of this sort depends upon finding the right direction, often in circumstances where we cannot see the way – whether we are crossing a glacier in whiteout conditions or facing the often rigorous ambiguities of our lives. In such precarious and demanding conditions, what we need most is a compass and not a map, a directional guide that can help us locate our bearings.
When searching for a way through the wildernesses we face, we can only be sure of the terrain immediately before us. If we rely solely on a map with its projection of what the way should be, we’ll find ourselves distracted from the actual conditions before us.
Making progress depends on paying close attention to what is, facing difficulties as they present themselves, and then discerning in which direction to go.
Moving ahead requires us to face the present with its hardships and afflictions, knowing that these, too, are part of the way. To do this requires a measure of courage, that word formed from the Latin cor, or heart. In such circumstances, the challenge before us is not simply to avoid losing our heart. Rather, it is that of finding our heart, of living “heartfully.”
- Mark S. Burrows and John H. Ohlson
Weavings, Aug/Sept/Oct 2012
From “Love Is a Direction” by Mark S. Burrows and John H. Ohlson, Jr., page 14 in Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, August/September/October 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.
John 6:51, NRSV
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