Bill Harper, the founder and director of Pilgrim Trekking, has been working with young people in the wilderness for three decades. As an Episcopal Priest Bill developed a parish-based wilderness program for the young people in his own parish, a program that has changed and sustained parish youth for 20 years…

 

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Believing is Seeing.

March 2, 2018

 

 

 

 

"Awe is an intuition for the dignity of all things, a realization that things not only are what they are but also stand, however remotely, for something supreme. Awe is a sense for the transcendence, for the reverence everywhere to the mystery beyond all things. It enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine … to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal."

 

                                                                                                                                --Abraham Heschel

 

                                                                         

Somewhere Spring is stirring.  

 

Thankfully, not here--not in my Winter World.  I've confessed my love of Winter. Often. I make no apology   

 

And so March makes me nervous with its hints of Spring and it's cliches of new life stirring below the surface of things.  Where I live that surface is white--about 6 feet of white snow.  Not much is stirring down there, and my local friends are hoping for the "March Miracle"--new snow, more snow, and lots of snow that will bury thoughts of Spring.  

 

Yep, Always Winter!

 

But then again, believing in what lies beneath, believing in what we can't "see," is essential to being human. We believe so much, whether we admit it or not.  We believe in so many things that we "can't see." Sure, I know folk who will say that they will only believe in what they can see--it's the "Thomas Curse." I try to be polite, even compassionate, when I hear such empirical faith.  But here's the simple logic of, well, logic: If we only believe in what we can see then we will see very little.  In other words, "believing" opens our eyes to what might be.  I think of the physicist who says "I wonder," and then scratches away at a formula until she can see with her own eyes what she could before only believe and imagine.  I think of the poet who believes that words could be coupled to give voice to something that, until those words are found, read, seen, could only be felt.  Could only be believed.

 

So yes, something is stirring down there.  Beneath all the layers something stirs in me, and in us.  If we believe that, perhaps we eventually will see.  And whether we see or not . . . well, something more is there--and to believe that is to live in awe and wonder and surprise.

 

Wow.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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