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Embracing Your Path To God

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

My friend Rev. Rachel Morey of Brooklyn Mosaic United Methodist Church emailed me today. 1  Rachel is one of those people with a warm smile and a quiet magnetism that is the antithesis of some televangelists.

Rachel is also a representative of the Minnesota Interfaith Open Forum.

Rachel’s email had me thinking about how I connect with my own faith.

My Faith

I have opinions, beliefs, faith statements and values all of which have been influenced by family, friends, like-minded people and other-minded people.

I have been acculturated and inculcated.  I have been guided, directed, and left to figure things out for myself.

My History

My parents grew up as Lutherans.  Whether is was their choice or I had a say in it, I do not remember, but I seemed to have a wide path spiritually.

My parents encouraged me to pray and occasionally took me to a Lutheran church.

With the exception of one testy conversation of whether or not I should be eating sausage pizza on a particular day my parents did not force any religious or spiritual beliefs or practices on me.

My Search

When I began to exit from my self-inflicted fog I found myself searching for truth; searching for meaning, purpose and consistent values.

I read widely.

I’d like to say that I gave each religion and spiritual path the same consideration, I did not.  Frankly, I willfully pushed one spiritual path away, historic Christianity.  I thought I knew everything I wanted to know or could know.

I’ll withhold the specifics of which paths held the most fascination for me.  Suffice to say some of the reasons I found those paths compelling were less than virtuous.  My spiritual path often led to my selfish narcissism.  While nothing is done for completely altruistic or pure motives, my initial search for “truth” focused primarily on three things: lust, possessions and revenge.

A sad and lonely combination.

My Path

More than twenty years have passed since my search began.

Sadly, to this day, though I call myself a follower of Jesus Christ I still struggle following in his footsteps of love, compassion, justice, mercy and integrity.

My path far too often strays into the areas of my adolescent fantasies of lust, possessions and revenge.

As time passes I still don’t know “everything I wanted to or could know” about the God of the Bible.  In fact, I am more fascinated than ever.  Almost daily I learn something new.  My fascination of the words, actions, values and teaching of Jesus Christ prompts me to read a Bible almost every day.

I would like you to follow Jesus Christ with me.

I believe the historic document called the Bible.

Jesus had the audacity to tell people, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” 2

And, while I still have questions as I embrace my path, I have found what I was looking for: meaning, purpose and consistent values, and more.  I also found a God I wanted to believe in and a number of flawed heroes who like me were embracing their path to God.

That’s all for now, and this is mysilentscream.

1 – You can learn about Rev. Rachel Morey here.

2 – John 14:6-7, NLT

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