This is the kind of thing that always happens to me, especially in light of yesterday’s Lectio.
I was just going along, doing something else completely unrelated, and I happened upon a sermon that I gave on Deuteronomy 4.1-14 entitled “From Law to Life”, in April of 2006. Curious, I read through it. And when I got to this section — Doh!
The final section is a retelling of history for the benefit of the younger generation. It is an affirmation of theological truth – Moses is in effect saying “these are things we know about God from our experience of God. We have witnessed these things first hand, they are part of our lives, have shaped our identity as a people.” In our own lives, this process of affirmation of theological truth, is the most centering, prayerful activity that we can engage in. It acknowledges that God’s truth is the ultimate reality. Not this construct of the world that we have developed as a coping mechanism. We spend so much time, energy and emotion trying to exist in the “real world” that we forget to imagine what is really real. Who do you know God to be? What is the story of God in your life? Maybe you’ve known God your entire life, and your experience of God is one of joy and life-giving abundance. Maybe this whole God-thing is new and exciting and you’re just soaking up everything you can. Maybe your life has been one of struggle, of trial, of pain, or doubting or apathy. I think most of us come out with a mixture of all of these things. Our lives are full of both joy and pain, both faith and doubt.
My first thought was “where were you yesterday when I needed you?” But then I wondered if it would have done me any good, as I was convinced that I couldn’t just read through something previously set down, and that I had to go through the work of remembering in the moment of feeling down.
When this happens it’s kinda cool, kinda unnerving, and I find myself paying closer attention, and treading a little more lightly.