Here and Now: Resting

​Our journey this year through the lens of “Here and Now” has taken us in many directions.  As we conclude the series, we must remember that here-and-now living brings us into a deep rest.  We live from the rest of a contemplative foundation. 

It is the rest of existence.  E. Stanley Jones said it’s the sense that enables us to say,”for this I am made.”  Living here-and-now is living from the core purpose of loving God and others, being an instrument of God’s peace.

it is the rest of pace.  Susan Muto calls it living in the pace of grace. It is entering into what is happening rather than working to make something happen. Living here-and-now is living receptively.

It is the rest of increments. Mother Teresa called it the “little-by-little principle” It is living with the belief that the meaning of life is in its steps than in its conclusions.  Living here-and-now is living appreciatively.

It is the rest of authenticity.  Parker Palmer calls it living in our “season” of life rsther than trying to be someone other than who we are.  It is receiving the gifts that each stage of life has to offer. Living here-and-now is living abundantly.

This coming Sunday, we begin a new Christian year. I hope that Advent and the seasons which follow it will be provide you with many opportunities for living here-and-now, and that as you do so you will find rest for your soul.

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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