Along The Way: Looking Through the Windshield

The spiritual life is a journey, and we proceed by looking ahead through the windshield, not staring at the rearview mirror. With my “New Awakening” series ending last week, I continue looking into 2022, but without any new series for now. I will use the “Along the Way” theme to write occasional posts.

I fully expect 2022 to be tumultuous, and from the vantage point of spiritual formation, we must stand on the good foundation and build our spiritual house on it. I am resuming my “Heart Sounds” podcast to say more about this. You can follow it on my personal Facebook page or the Spotify platform.

Most of all, I see the universal Christ (Richard Rohr), excarnate and incarnate (as E. Stanley Jones put it)—the cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox) who is all and in all (Colossians 3:11), and I intend (in the words of Teresa of Avila) to cling closely to Christ and hold everything else loosely. I continue to grow my life in Christ in relation to the ideas of those named above, along with Jurgen Moltmann, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Ilia Delio—to name a few.

Second, I see the need to embrace Wisdom. Walter Brueggemann, Cynthia Bourgeault, and J. Philip Newell are my recent guides, helping me see that while we are advancing in knowledge, we are not becoming wise. We must seek Wisdom, for it (not knowledge) is the aim of life in Christ, who is the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:24). Embracing Wisdom is living increasingly as a mystic-prophet (Matthew Fox) in the never-ending rhythm of contemplation and action.

Third, I see the necessity of maintaining vigil. The deformative dynamics of Christian Nationalism will intensify in this election, and their “no Gospel” message will continue to erode justice and the pursuit of the common good. The need to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8) will increase in 2022. I will read the good daily reports from Matthew Fox, Heather Cox Richardson, and others to remain informed and guided.

I invite you now to join with me in the pursuit of these visions. I join you in the continuing prayer for the new Awakening, and for our willingness to remain instruments of God’s peace in its advancement.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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