HOLINESS IS NOT SOMETHING we consume on a Sunday morning and then slowly lose during the week. Nor is it a one-time ecstatic experience, a mountaintop of excitement that we keep trying to repeat.
Rather, holiness is a slowly dawning way of being in the world with God and neighbor. It is each day’s reception of what is always offered from the dearest, deepest source of our being—offered from the heart of the very life of God. It is like a beautiful melody we come slowly to know and to sing over time. It is like learning to breathe in pure air deeply every morning and to trust sleep at night as a metaphor for God’s constancy.
–Weavings, Nov/Dec/Jan 2016-17
From “Open the Door” by Don Saliers, page 7 in Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, November/December/January 2016–17. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Name specific ways you encounter the holy. Share your thoughts.
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.
1 Corinthians 1:17 NRSV
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This week we remember: Anthony of Egypt (January 17).
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