“I am that to which I gave short shrift and that to which I attended. I am my descent into darkness and my arising into light, my betrayals and my fidelities, my failures and my successes. I am my ignorance and my insight, my doubts and my convictions, my fears and my hopes. … Wholeness does not mean perfection: It means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” Parker Palmer
“You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done … you are fierce with reality.” Florida Scott-Maxwell
“Having made us, he knows our weaknesses – our fear, our self-pity, our self-regarding anger, our moral paralysis, our randomness, our indiscipline, our suicidal self-loathing. As gently as a shepherd taking up a lamb out of the brambles or a mother taking her infant to her breast, he will take us up and work with us – not to indulge our egoism, however, but to cure it. We must realize that we are in the hands of the Great Physcian, who goal it is, not to make us comfortable invalids, but to restore us to moral health and wholeness. And we must understand that his principal method of treating us, his petulant patients, is hard and constant exercise in a world which under his providence becomes a moral and spiritual gymnasium for us.” J. I. Packer
“The weakness which is serviceable is the weakness which seeks the aid of a physician.” Bernard of Clairvaux
and in the knowledge of the Son of God
and become mature,
attaining to the whole measure
of the fullness of Christ.”
Moving From Head to Heart
- Do you think of yourself as a person of wholeness and integrity?
- Either way, are you measuring by “perfection” or by “embracing [the] brokenness” that is integral to your life?
- Can you “claim the [good and bad] events of your life”, and be a person who is “fierce with reality?” If not, what does that say about you?
- Does your “weakness” cause you to “seek the aid of a physician” (the Great Physician)? Can you be glad for it then?
Abba, take all that I am, all I have done. Make me real, whole, and useful to you and others.
For More: “On the Brink of Everything” by Parker Palmer
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