From the introduction of Prayers for Hope: Words of Faith for Difficult Times (Upper Room, 2005), in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma.
I grew up in “hurricane alley” on the gulf coast of Texas. Despite their ferocity, hurricanes have always fascinated me. Paradoxically, at the center of a hurricane’s force is a still, calm space. This “eye” defines it as a hurricane, rather than as just random winds, and helps to intensify and organize its power.
The redemptive power of the Christian life is certainly different from the destructive fury of a hurricane. And yet, the hurricane reminds us that the secret of Christians’ living as a sustained force for good in the world depends on maintaining an interior space for God. Then we become more than merely gusts of good intentions and breathless activity. We and our churches become a powerful force for God.
In A Testament of Devotion, Thomas Kelly writes of the sacred space at the center of our lives. He says that “deep within us all there is an amazing sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice.” This center calls us home to itself as we rediscover our destiny in God. When we yield ourselves to “these persuasions” and willingly commit ourselves to the “Light Within,” our true life begins.
Attending to the divine center is the secret of Jesus’ holy life and transforming power. Discover this secret for yourself. Make space for “holy” reading daily—either scripture or devotional material. Then pause for a few moments to make a place for God in the quietness of your heart; listen for an invitation from within; commit yourself wholly to God’s leading; let your time with God bring peace to your soul and shape your life in the world.
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