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TODAY news for Thursday, October 7, 2004

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Innerweave: The Wholeness Story

At an Agape Feast I attended this month at La Sierra University we revisited an oldie by William Wordsworth on “presence:” “And I have felt a presence that disturbs me with the joy of elevated thought; a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air, and the blue sky, and the mind a motion and a spirit that impels all thinking things, all objects of thought and rolls through all things.” The temptation with words like Wordsworth is to read them, then relegate them to the spiritual and the mystical and return to our more practical existence; once again probably separating the two, and conceivably impoverishing both. A kindly corrective is offered by Evelyn Underhill: “Our favorite distinction between life and the spiritual life is false. We cannot divide them. One affects the other all the time; for we are creatures of sense and of spirit and must live an amphibious life. Christ’s whole ministry was an exhibition, first in one way and then in another, of this mysterious truth. It is through all the circumstances of existence, inward and outward, not only those we label spiritual, that we are pressed to our right position and given our supernatural food. For a spiritual life is simply a life in which all that we do comes from the center where we are anchored in God: a life soaked through and through by a sense of God’s reality and claim, and a self given to the great movement of God’s will.” Moving as we are now into a new school year, why not live the amphibious spiritual life all the “more deeply interfused?”

TODAY news for Thursday, October 7, 2004