Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 31, 2004
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 31, 2004
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our new book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the Rev.
Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Psalms and Dr. Bochonok's meditation.
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"LORD, thou hast been our dwelling place in all
generations. Before the mountains were brought
forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the
world, from everlasting to everlasting thou art
Psalm 90:1-2 (RSV)
"I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence
does my help come? My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth."
Psalm 121:1-2 (RSV)
Recently a friend and I went on a long anticipated
hike that was two years in the making. The previous
year had schedule conflicts and our mountain hike
was cancelled. As months went by, we remembered
our ambitious plan and rescheduled the hike.
Inclement weather conditions canceled the hike
yet again. This time we had actually driven near
the vicinity of the trailhead. As a result, we
were so inspired by the local beauty that we
rearranged our schedules to try again several days
The third time around was a charm. The weather was
glorious, but the road was poorly marked and we lost
several precious hours searching for the trailhead.
My friend had a cell phone and we used it twice to
call the local ranger station and ask for directions.
Each time, the ranger apologetically said, "I'm
sorry, but I cannot help you." The maps for the
area had not been updated.
We eventually found the trailhead and had a glorious
hike. As the afternoon shadows grew longer, it was
obvious that we were still several hours away from
the summit. It would be impossible to complete the
hike before darkness fell. So we lingered with the
soaring hawks, ate lunch, and marveled at the
panoramic view before reluctantly returning the
way we came.
While on the rocky perch, I had pulled out my
Gideon's International Pocket New Testament
with Psalms and Proverbs and read today's lovely
verses. I was tremendously impressed with the
grandeur of the mountains, the silence, the beauty
of the trail, and life in general. Surely God must
have lingered and enjoyed the creation process.
The good earth is full of beauty. It was wonderful
to be in the high places with God!
During the long hike back, I found myself thinking
about faith. There are times where the path seems
lost. It can be hard to find the trailhead. The
trail switchbacks can be discouraging when fatigue
and blisters set in. Sometimes we go three steps
forward and two steps backwards, unable to see the
top or bottom of the trail. Hiking is a rich
metaphor for life. God walks with us step by step.
God has always been and always will be present with
us. God will never forsake us, even if the trail
seems to dead-end.
The spiritual life, like creation, is a process that
is constantly evolving. God is patient with the
process! Oswald Chambers once wrote, "Think of the
enormous leisure of God! [God] is never in a hurry"
(Chambers, Oswald. "My Utmost for His Highest."
l935, Dodd Mead & Co., renewed 1963 by the Oswald
Chambers Publications Assn., Ltd., p. 95). God is
not in a hurry with our souls but invites us into
moments of holy leisure. During those moments, we
are not required to do anything, accomplish work,
or complete chores. We are invited into moments
where our highest calling is to enjoy God.
Yes, it would have been lovely to reach the summit,
but the faith life is more than a single mountain
top experience. The journey is sometimes more
important than the destination. My publisher,
Adam DeBaugh shared with me one of his favorite
hymns after reading this meditation. It is by
contemporary Christian hymn writer Ruth Duck and
is called "Lead On, O Cloud of Yahweh" (Duck, Ruth.
"Everflowing Streams: Songs for Worship." 1981,
The Pilgrim Press, New York, p. 77). The second
Lead on, O fiery pillar,
We follow yet with fears,
But we shall come rejoicing
Though joy be born of tears.
We are not lost, though wandering,
For by your light we come,
And we are still God's people,
The journey is our home.
"The journey is our home!" Remember to keep
looking up. Lift up your eyes to the high places.
God will help you step by step.
Dearest mountain-creating God, thank you for such
a beautiful creation. Thank you for the high places.
Thank you for being God. Help me enjoy being with
Grace and peace,
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