I’ve not done this before and don’t foresee doing it again anytime soon, but the opportunity was too great to pass. For several years, the theme of how accumulated spiritual rubble degrades devotion to GOD in individuals and cultures has percolated in me. I wasn’t thinking about this, however, when I read something by a favorite teacher that grabbed me as I read it. Below I repeat his thoughts, verbatim.
“Seek ye the Lord, while He may be found”
“Seek ye the Lord. The impulse to align oneself on the side of that which is whole is a natural one. Sometimes it springs from the desire to cover up, to take refuge in the strength of another so as to shun the necessity of dealing with one’s own weakness. Sometimes it springs from the desire to discover a way by which to understand one’s own needs and to do something about meeting them. The Other-than-self reference is a necessity for peace of mind and spirit.”
“This day I seek the Lord. I seek to know God that I may understand myself, that I may grasp the true meaning of my own life and have its purpose increasingly defined. I seek His judgment that I may discern an ever clearer meaning between right and wrong course of conduct. I seek His love that I may be inspired to love more and more what is good and true, and to transcend all barriers which stand between me and my fellows.”
“Seek ye the Lord while He is near. This does not mean that God will withdraw from me but it does mean that if I quench the desire to seek Him over and over again, there may come a time when the desire itself becomes buried beneath all kinds of debris in my own life. The desire will never die, but I must not run the risk of pushing it so far out of my consciousness that there seems to be no hunger in me to become whole, clean and redeemed.”
“Seek ye the Lord, while He may be found.”1
May you be blessed by this reading as I was.
- Howard Thurman. “Seek Ye the Lord,” Meditations of the Heart, Beacon Press, Boston, MA, © 1981.