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A Glimpse of the Future

Curtains Open to the FutureIn his book Windows of the Soul, author Ken Gire speaks of a unique and telling way to discover our purpose in life, a way to find that path we are meant to walk … and the wonderful discovery that it is a road of joy as we follow “the voice of gladness” that whispers from the most unexpected places. Where have you heard that voice?

“Look back on your life … and put frames around the things that brought you joy. Do you see the pictures? Look at them. Look closer. Deeper. Are they windows? If so, what is it you see in them? What is it you hear? A voice? What is that voice saying? And can you hear it above all the other voices that have called to you over the years?

“The voice we should listen to most as we choose a vocation,” said Frederick Buechner in a graduation address, “is the voice that we might think we should listen to least, and that is the voice of our own gladness. What can we do that makes us the gladdest, what can we do that leaves us with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace, which is much of what gladness is? … I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly glad, then it is a good thing and it is our thing and it is the calling voice that we were made to answer with our lives.”

“We skip down the hallways of our youth, you and I, stopping now and then to catch our breath. And every now and then we catch something else. A glimpse of the future. Our future. A glimpse we caught when we came across a window suddenly flung open in front of us, its gossamer curtains lifted by a breeze redolent with the future, filling our lungs with refreshing air and our heart with hopeful dreams.

“At that window we hear something like somebody calling our name, only in a language we can’t quite understand, so we don’t recognize who it is who is calling us or to where we are being called.

“But we recognize the name.

“Even in a foreign language, names translate closely to the original. Whoever it is calling us is calling us by our true name. Whispering to us a secret. Telling us who we are. And showing us what we will be doing with our lives if only we have the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and the faith to follow.”


All Will be Right At Last

faith[By Frederick Buechner, from The Clown in the Belfry]

NOT AT EVERY moment of our lives, Heaven knows, but at certain rare moments of greenness and stillness, we are shepherded by the knowledge that though all is far from right with any world you and I know anything about, all is right deep down.

All will be right at last.

I suspect that is at least part of what “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness” is all about. It means righteousness not just in the sense of doing right but in the sense of being right—being right with God, trusting the deep-down Tightness of the life God has created for us and in us, and riding that trust the way a red-tailed hawk rides the currents of the air in this valley where we live.

I suspect that the paths of righteousness he leads us in are more than anything else the paths of trust like that and the kind of life that grows out of that trust.

Sacred and Blameless

Author Frederick Buechner wrote,

“Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all.”

The good news — we are loved. It’s not only good news but the gladdest news of all.

So many are dying for lack of love. Maybe not outwardly but deep inside. Hearts and souls are withering away. Seeking love but never finding it. Perhaps never understanding the deep truth:

That we are made to love

And to be loved

And the deeper truth:

That we are loved, more deeply than we could ever understand.

The song I shared on Sunday put it like this:

You’re worth it,

You can’t earn it

But the cross has proven

That you’re sacred and blameless

Your life has purpose

Sacred and blameless. Two things I never considered myself. Two words I would never use in one of those “describe-yourself-in-five-words” games.

But we are sacred. Sacred because we are loved … because to be loved is to be crystallized and perfect in someone’s eyes. And He who loves us is the essence of perfection. How can anything He loves be less than sacred and beautiful?

So walk with your head held high, and greet others on this sacred journey with respect and honor. For we are all sacred. We are all loved.

And that is truly “the gladdest thing of all.”