Lent 2017: Proximity

In his book, Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson extends a powerful quote:

“Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”

I’ve had occasion to live into that phrase often during the past several weeks.  When something gnaws at my heart and my soul, I’ve learned that its for a reason.

For the next 40 days, during the holy season of Lent, my life in action and contemplation will live into this theme.  Being proximal…close, engaged, relational…means that in our drawing near to the other, we draw near to the divine spark that rests within each of us and we begin to see the movement of God in our midst.

Like every year, I don’t know at this step where the journey will take me during this foray of relating and writing.  But, feel free to join me in my daily thoughts, inspirations, and challenges.  If you’re fasting from social media and still want to follow me, there is a “follow by email” link below.  Feel free to join me, in prayer or in reading.



About harasprice

Professor of Social Work and Priest in The Episcopal Church, parent, teacher, learner, writer, advocate, and grateful traveller along this journey through life
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