I’m so grateful for this theme of doubt in Pastor Adam’s current sermon series! One of the gifts of doubt is the way it invites us into awe and openness. I believe there is a holy invitation within doubt. A holy invitation to:
· Remember we don’t already know everything
· Be surprised that the world is more mysterious, beautiful and amazing than
· Bump up against the limits of our categories and labels
· Humility and openness
· Curiosity about God, others and the world
· Holy unknowing
· Love bigger than certainty
The Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai describes something of this holy invitation available through doubt:
The Place Where We Are Right
From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.
The place where we are right
Is hard and trampled
Like a yard.
But doubts and loves
Dig up the world
Like a mole, a plow.
And a whisper will be heard in the place
Where the ruined
House once stood.
—Yehuda Amichai (A Touch of Grace, 2000)
“Doubts and loves” – yes! God is at work in our doubts and loves, digging up the world, plowing with whispers. Befriend your doubt today. Listen for its holy invitation.