The Solid Center
What canst thou say, Friends? Have you felt this? I know you have. Spiritual intimacy will come in our meetings when more of us screw up the courage to talk openly about these moments. We do need to talk about our worries, our challenges, our shortcomings and the negative things that we experience. No one should feel they have to keep their problems to themselves. After all, one of the things we are called to do is to bear each others burdens. But in our time I feel the need is greater for us to share our little stories of victory and faithfulness. We live in a time when hope is in desperately short supply. I know many of you have such stories but hold back from telling them because you don’t want to sound “holier than thou.” I vividly recall Louise Wilson in the course of a long piece of vocal ministry shaking her head over and over and saying “Don’t look at the shadows, don’t look at the shadows, look to the Light.” The shadows really are powerless against the Light. If you have lived in that Light even for one minute this week then you have a new story to tell and there is probably some Friend who needs the inspiration that story will give them. Your story will not have a parting-of-the-Red-Sea kind of dramatic quality to it but don’t think less of it for that reason. God really does live and breathe in the mundane details of ordinary lives. Sharing your story will strengthen you as well. You will find that talking about your experiences enables you to enter into and act out of the center more surely and more often. It is one of the ways to gradually make your contact with the center more solid and more real.
I have to add a caution however. There are times when one of these stories is on the tip of my tongue and I hear an inner voice warning me not to speak. I recall one time ignoring it and speaking anyway and feeling a chill come over me as I realized that I was being unfaithful at that moment. Don’t force yourself to tell these stories. Tell them as led but only as led.