Group Reading

“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” ~ Francois Rabelais

One- to find the universal elements enough;
All- to find the air and the water exhilarating;
One- to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter…

All- to be thrilled by the stars at night;
One- to be elated over a bird’s nest, or a wild flower in spring –
All- these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~ John Burroughs

Quotes & Readings

““Religious people, the “people of God,” the people of the impossible, impassioned by a love that leaves them restless and unhinged, panting like the deer for running streams, as the psalmist says (Ps. 42:1), are impossible people. In every sense of the word. If, on any given day, you go into the worst neighborhoods of the inner cities of most large urban centers, the people you will find there serving the poor and needy, expending their lives and considerable talents attending to the least among us, will almost certainly be religious people — evangelicals and Pentecostalists, social workers with deeply held religious convictions, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic, men and women, priests and nuns, black and white. They are the better angels of our nature. They are down in the trenches, out on the streets, serving the widow, the orphan, and the stranger, while the critics of religion are sleeping in on Sunday mornings. That is because religious people are lovers; they love God, with whom all things are possible. They are hyper-realists, in love with the impossible, and they will not rest until the impossible happens, which is impossible, so they get very little rest. The philosophers, on the other hand, happen to be away that weekend, staying in a nice hotel, reading unreadable papers on “the other” at each other, which they pass off as their way of serving the wretched of the earth. Then, after proclaiming the death of God, they jet back to their tenured jobs, unless they happen to be on sabbatical leave and are spending the year in Paris.” ~ John Caputo

“The future cannot be determined. It can only be experienced as it is occurring. Life doesn’t know what it will be until it notices what it has become.” ~ Margaret Wheatley

Affirmation

“To see the future you have to travel on the rough edge of experience.” ~ Harriet Rubun

Seed of Faith

Say together: I am open to the impossible, willing to RISK, to give up certainty in order to find meaning. To leap before we look.