“Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen (“Anthem”)
“Bill Wilson [the founder of AA] …understood that the only way to give everyone equal and universal access to God is to base salvation/enlightenment on woundedness instead of self-created trophies. If we are honest, this utterly levels the playing field. Julian of Norwich, my favorite English mystic, understood the great turn around and said proudly: ‘Our wounds are our very trophies!’ They are the ‘holes in the soul’ where the Light and the Life can break through. …The way of the Twelve Steps is remarkably similar to Jesus’ Way of the Cross, St. Francis’ Way of Poverty, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s Little Way. These and many other saints and mystics teach the power of powerlessness either directly or indirectly. …Until you bottom out and come to the limits of your own fuel supply, there is no reason for you to switch to a higher octane of fuel. Why would you? You will not learn to actively draw upon a Larger Source until your usual resources are depleted and revealed as inadequate to the task. In fact, you will not even know there is a Larger Source until your own sources and resources utterly fail you. None of us go to the place of powerlessness on our own accord. We have to be taken there. Sad to say it, but it is largely sin, humiliation, failure, and various forms of addiction that do the job. Sometimes, having ruined your marriage, your children, your job, or your sterling self-image, you have to say, ‘My way isn’t working.’ Maybe there is another way, maybe I really do need to change. That is very often when you are finally ready to begin a sincere spiritual journey. At that point your religion morphs into a living spirituality.” Richard Rohr
‘Those who are well do not need a physician,
but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous
Jesus in Mark 2:17
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Have you experienced enough bone-crushing pain that you’ve begun “a sincere spiritual journey?”
- Do you have “cracks” where the lights get’s in – and from which it shines?
- Have you discovered the value of “cracks” and powerlessness? Do you give thanks for these things?
Abba, unleash the power in my brokenness for the healing of others.
For More: Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr
These “Daily Riches” are for your encouragement as you seek God and he seeks you. My goal is to share something of unique value with you daily in 400 words or less. If you liked this, please share it! I appreciate your interest! – Bill (Psalm 90:14)