Both And


Is it better to be a contemplative or missional Christian? Do you walk or take your lunch to school? Some questions just don’t make sense.

“For God alone my soul in silence waits…”
I appreciate this translation of Psalm 62:5. It captures the deep need I have to connect with God, to “dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4) Silent beholding, prayerful enquiry, enthralled by beauty – these are the fruit of contemplation. As someone whose mind doesn’t shut off, specific times of silent, reflective contemplation are challenging to come by. Yet when I do I am grateful for the renewal in energy and connection, peace and love that I enter into.

Additionally, Philemon 6 reads “I pray that you may become active in sharing your faith so that you may have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Active sharing of my faith opens me to a fuller understanding of my many riches in Christ. What I do for others blesses me! Would your self-interest (in a good sense) make the Chicago intergenerational mission trip from June 16-22 workable?
Being anticipates doing, Doing anticipates being.

Active contemplation, contemplative action: both, and, not either or. May we find fresh focus on these two things in our life together as a committed family of Christ.

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