It is Friday afternoon as I sit at my desk. I am thinking back across my week, from the vantage point of this chair, as I reflect on the question of “what do I believe?” in response to this week’s “Who is My Neighbor?” media.
This week, I have worked (a lot) at my desk, I have cried at my desk, I have laughed at my desk, I have eaten at my desk, and I have thought I might fall asleep at my desk (although ultimately, I did not). From this chair I have spoken of statistics, social justice, organizational policy, feminism, community engagement, faith, courage, curiosity, administrative policies, my family, curriculum, music, and squirrels (it’s true). From my fingers, I have typed presentation notes, meeting minutes, countless emails, interview questions, consent forms, blog entries, scholarly article reviews, survey questions, content for my own articles, summaries of concerns, meeting agendas, and words of encouragement to print off and carry on my journey. In my hands, while at my desk, I have held pens, pencils, calculators, an apple, a Luna bar, prayer beads, my keys, my smartphone, books, and occasionally, the hand of another.
At this moment, I believe that what I experience today is a lesson that moves me step by step into where I am going on the path of life. This life in progress is one of humility and privilege, of human brokenness and divine grace, of past formation and future emergence.
I believe I am tethered to my words in a way I never realized I would be. My words reflect my world view, my knowledge, my style and my inner spirit. My words extend my reach into realms that aren’t within my own command; I set them free and they are given life and meaning by those who receive them, who pick them up, who take them in. And my words carry me to places otherwise unfamiliar, and make me known to friend and stranger.
P.S. This is a response to this week’s Who is My Neighbor blog at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. Whether you are following that “blogging through ordinary time” adventure with me or not, some of you might enjoy taking a peek at thisibelieve.org, which is a forum for diverse expressions of faith and belief for people from all walks of life. I picked out seven “neighbors” who shared a brief reflection on that site. Feel free to take a peek at these divergent ways of coming to know and experience what faith means amid daily life to some ordinary and extraordinary people.
John Updike: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/14/
Alaa El-Saad: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/42798/
Joel Engardio: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/27932/
Eve Ensler: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/17/
John Fountain: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/35/
Susan Cosio: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/23042/
Andrew Brodsky: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/49378/