the way of God

Oh dear, the time is going very fast.  I still haven't gotten used to the changes that come when the college kids come home from school.  When everyone is little and homebound there are these regular rhythms (even if you do long to escape them) and I find myself still imagining that we will operate by those. Not so.  I should be caught up about the time they leave again in the new year.

On another note, I had to log into facebook this week to send a message and was instantly reminded why I am not on facebook anymore and why I am so glad we are mostly clueless about what's going on in the world.  I read the Beyonce/feminist, what?! posts and the Duck Dynasty/free speech posts and then I played Arvo Part for the rest of the day.

"Everything in this life passes away—only God remains, only He is worth struggling towards. We have a choice: to follow the way of this world, of the society that surrounds us, and thereby find ourselves outside of God; or to choose the way of life, to choose God Who calls us and for Whom our heart is searching.”

~ Fr. Seraphim Rose

For me, the way of God is not about changing the society to be more upright or God-like.  It's about surrendering myself to God and living a life that witnesses to His kingdom - a world that is wholly unlike our own world.  The more I submit myself to His upside-down ways: looking on others with mercy and seeing what is lovely and worth redemption in them, loving my enemy and refusing violence, sacrificing my wants and appetites for the good of others, preaching truth by living truth, the less I am scandalized and outraged and the more compassion grows in my heart.  

All this old world is trying to make sense of themselves, trying to carve out a safe place where they will be loved and cared for.  Who am I to judge?

This last week of Advent I will continue keeping watch with Mary, pregnant with the Joy of the world, silent, small, quiet, willing to open all of herself to bring the world beauty and hope.