Friday 14 March 2014

Hidden depths

We are sort of dealing with Eugene H. Peterson in class (Under the Unpredictable Plant), and what he says struck me forcefully again: his sharing about how he lost respect for his parishioners, because they had such puny ideas, they were so much involved in the fast food culture that they sought him out for fast religion help. And how Dostoevsky helped him plunge beneath the surface to discover hidden depths, fire, passion, God. “The stories [of people] go unnoticed not because they are kept secret but because the people around are blind to God. So many eyes, glazed by television [and ears and hearts glazed by gossip and idle talk], don’t see the God stories being enacted right before them....”

Plunging beneath the surface to discover hidden depths: good advice. Beneath the surface of reaction, displaced anger, stubbornness; vagueness, miserable communication, safeguarding of 'privacy'; stubborn refusal or resistance to change, or just a very pacific resistance that still just barely betrays itself.... beneath all this, fire, passion, God at work? The challenge to believe, to see, to believe that I might see....

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