from my notebook

A few excerpts from stuff I’ve been reading in the last couple of months that I wanted to put on here:

Malcolm X: “I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” (Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1965)

James Baldwin: “To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life itself and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread. … One is responsible to life. … One must negotiate this passage as nobly as possible. … It is the responsibility of free men [sic] to trust and to celebrate what is constant—birth, struggle, and death are constant, and so is love…” (The Fire Next Time, 1963)

Those who do not choose the journey choose comfort as a cover for their fear of travel. The journey has great risks. We could lose our way, lose our faith, lose God. But these are risks we must take or faith soon dulls and becomes nothing more than a list of fundamental truths.

We see those for whom faith has become a list. They are wooden in all appearances, and do not live truthfully, for their inner thoughts and deepest uncertainties are never explored or expressed. Without this exploration and full expression God will never be fully incarnate in their [and in our] lives.

Faith begins as we choose to enter life as journey.

Seeking the Wilderness: A Spiritual Journey by Tim Lehman, 1993

May you each be blessed as you continue to seek, explore, question, and journey on your way, friends. And may we each walk in The Way of Love.

Much love & peace to you,

Bekah

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