In the first lesson for today's Daily Office readings, Joshua has received the mantle of leadership from Moses. God gives Joshua this eternally timely advice:
"Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
At a 12-step meeting, you will hear people speaking about "doing a geographic." This refers to moving in the hopes of leaving one's troubles behind, only to discover that we take ourselves wherever we go! And if we have not worked to discover what part of our problems grows from the soil of our own hearts, our troubles will follow us wherever we go.
Thank heavens we can count on company beyond our own wherever we go! The words God spoke to Joshua are meant for faithful people of every age. They are words that should echo in all our souls as St. Margaret's opens a new chapter.
I've noticed something as I listen to many of you anticipate this next transition. You are strong and courageous. You are not frightened and dismayed. You are manifesting a trait that assures your full usefulness to the kingdom of heaven: curiosity. Curiosity is what keeps us open to the Spirit's guidance. Curiosity is the channel that permits love for people with whom we differ. You will hear powerful testimony in today's service from Call Committee members about the power of curious listening.
Enter that service (by clicking here) with curiosity, and you will not be disappointed.