The living answer

“Religion is about having the right answers, and some of their answers are right… but I am about the process that takes you to the living answer… it will change you from the inside. There are a lot of smart people who are able to say a lot of right things from their brain because they have been told what the right answers are, but they don’t know Me at all.”
― William P. Young “The Shack”

I’m hardly a Bible expert:  I remember as many verses as I’ve forgotten. I don’t worship as formally as I did when I was a girl and there are times I feel guilty about it.

But I do know this:  I know Him and He knows me.

He’s with me on my walks.

I feel His nudge to pay attention to nagging thoughts or a blossoming ideas.

I see Him in my boys and grandchildren; laughing, talking and enjoying being together.

I feel Him around me, comforting me, hearing me, settling me.

So when some of the talking heads start spouting off their views on religion and reproduction and rapture?  I wonder if they’ve ever even met.

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26 thoughts on “The living answer

  1. Oh, MJ, this is powerful, beautiful, moving. I know HIM! I don’t know exactly what that means. But I know that truth.

  2. I agree. More than the talking heads, I see what happens in the world and I wonder who really knows Him. I’ve been avoiding the blogosphere, lately, MJ. My emotions are weighted down by the ways of the world lately. Your sentiment touches on a part of what I am feeling. Thank you for expressing yourself so well.

  3. “He walks with me…and He talks with me…and tells me I am His own”…as the lyrics say…excellent post, MJ.

  4. I agree. And, luckily, there are some compassionate religious organizations to be found that support our living experiences in a healthy way.

    • I would like to find what you’ve described. Truth be told, I’m afraid of most churches. I know that sounds weird, but I am. MJ

      • I know. It’s a common problem that progressive churches face. No one believes that there are churches out there that don’t want to tell you what to believe! But there are. I belong to one. And when you find a faith place that supports you in exploring the world with all the doubts and questions, it is a very, very good thing.

  5. I loved the book The Shack, I read it about four years ago, and it was an amazing experience, one that I still draw on. I agree, a lot of the religious talking heads just don’t get it, at least from my point of view. I think true religion is largely quiet, seen in action rather than in a lot of words. The words are important, but I believe that dialogue should largely be between an individual and God. Others need to see our God-inspired actions, not hear our words. ~ Sheila

    • That book was very impactful to me as well. So many moments that really made me think. I agree with you, I feel that, for me, it’s how I live. It’s who I am when no one’s there to see or measure that matters. It’s good to go and join in a group setting, but, since I was a girl, I haven’t found a Church family that I felt that comfort with. I’ve felt groups who were very nice and always felt a bit claustrophobic in some ways. Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s a control issue, but it’s something I think about often. He was with me in the restaurant when I reached out to that little boy, I know it.

  6. It’s a journey. A faith journey. It’s wonderful and very personal, just as you described.
    The most revealing thing to me happened when my father died. Several ministers/priests stepped forward to pay their condolences to my mother and offer to speak at his funeral. No, religious affiliation did not matter; the man who was and still lives in our hearts and memories, did. Oh…you bring tears to my eyes two mornings in a row now.

    • Yes, highly personal and individualized.

      “The man who was and still lives in our hearts and memories matters.” That’s a real testament to your Dad, and the impact he had on others in his life. Hugs to you, Georgette. You were loved as was he.

  7. Amen, and Amen.

  8. cooper

    If religion makes you feel guilty, there is something wrong…
    I Walk Beside You

    • Agreed, Coop.

      I long for my little country church from childhood with it’s musty basement for Sunday School crafts & lessons, coffee percolator for bridal showers, and even the concrete steps we’d spill out onto after service, our faces to the wind and sunshine.

      Until I find a similar church home, I am grateful to know that He is with me wherever I go.. MJ

  9. Powerful!

  10. Amen, MJ, amen. We need to be praying for our country, leadership, etc.

  11. Beautiful post, MJ 🙂

    I know Him, too and it’s an amazing relationship!

  12. You have the essence of faith in all of your work. I think we often get wrapped up in the ceremony of religion and lose the true meaning of a personal relationship. You have that. You need nothing more.

  13. Nicely written! Amen!

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