"To really mean that the presence and the activity of the God of love, who can make us love our neighbors as ourselves, is our hope and the hope of the world--that this God is the secret of our flourishing as persons, cultures, as interdependent inhabitants of a single globe," says Miraslav Volf in A Public Faith, "is today's most fundamental challenge for priests and ministers, and Christian lay people."
Why is that so great a challenge? Because, he says, it is really humanly difficult to believe "that God is fundamental to human flourishing."
It's easy to say, but, "as a rock-bottom conviction that shapes the way we think, preach, write, and live," to believe that God is fundamental to every inch of our lives is, he says, profoundly difficult for all of us.
I'm thankful this morning for that lesson in living from Miraslav Volf, and the life line of a thousand Zuni deer hand-painted on a thousand traditional Zuni pots, each of which points us at a similar truth--to wit, that nothing we experience in life is unrelated to our hearts.