The best things said about spiritual formation are DEscriptive not PREscriptive.
The first time I read Robert Frost’s biography, The Aim Was Song, it resonated deeply with me for reasons I could not explain. What I know now is that the words were describing a process taking place inside me, not suggesting some outlying path I should take.
Barely 30, in Frost’s story I found something of my own. The author of the famous “Two roads diverged in a narrow woods…” poem, invited me to entertain an invitation to a journey with God I may never have heard, had it come in the same form as the initial, more familiar dualistic language of my even younger self. Such is the work of the poet.
In this great post, Richard Rohr teases apart the tangled threads of frequently misunderstood inner experience to help us understand and value it. Read it here.
And, if you care nothing about that, take a look anyway. It is filled with delicious quotes.
What poems, stories, songs, images, etc. have you encountered that seem to tell your story and set you on a new path?
(Again, here’s the link to Rohr’s post in case this app does something I don’t expect:)