Life’s a journey, a race, a battle, a game… In this old U2 song it’s a quest…
I spent my working life in education, encouraging, developing… I’ve been a learner all my life, enjoying learning about education, theology…
I’ve looked for physical fitness. For many years I enjoyed running. I’m really grateful that I’m still in good health… But my body and mind aren’t as sharp as they were.
The writer of the ancient book of Ecclesiastes looked for meaning to life in knowledge, wisdom, pleasure, work, possessions… concluding: ‘It’s all meaningless’ … I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.
I’m grateful for a happy marriage that has lasted for nearly 50 years. I’ve children and grandchildren who are close; enjoyed human love in my family…
I have deeply valued, close relationships with friends that I’ve known for decades; folk who have known me and stood by me, sharing my journey, my quest. I’m blessed and privileged.
I started life with the idealised love of pop-songs and the patient, kind, humble, forgiving, trusting, persevering love of my Christian faith… I haven’t lived up to my own standards… I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.
You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains
Carried the cross of my shame
You took the blame
You know I believe it
Some Christians suggest that they have the complete, permanent experience or knowledge of God through prayer, worship, communion, service, correct teaching, meditation. I haven’t.
Christian author Pete Grieg, writing about this song points to King David’s words: ‘You are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.’ (Psalm 63:1)
Musing… My Christian faith still gives me purpose, direction and hope.… but I still haven’t found what I’m looking for… I continue my quest.