Who … 2/4

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Icon: Link(s) 2. Who do you say that I am? (Sept 26/13)

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Who do you say that I am?

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This Who is a little harder than last week’s: if I do not know you, how might your own story fit me as a new character?

I believe that in the turmoil and gifts, challenges and joys, grief and blessings that is life, we are not only – obviously – at the centre of the stage, but we are the play’s protagonist. As a result, regardless of how much self-reflection one has done, the Other has to fit into the story we tell ourselves.

One Christian aspiration is to see the Other – the Stranger – as a Holy Guest, as a mirror of one’s own openness to the movement of God in the world. A lofty aspiration, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. Somewhere in-between these two poles – the aspiration and where one is at – is the me you have met.

This Who is a little harder than last week’s: if I do not know you, how might your own story fit me as a new character? Until we meet one another, it’s all conjecture and the potential contained in our knowing one another remains unrealised …

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3 Comments

  1. Laurel September 26, 2013 at 18:40 - Reply

    Hi Richard,

    From another who came from elsewhere, I appreciate your ability to try to see things through someone else’s eye.

    • Richard October 27, 2013 at 01:20 - Reply

      Thanks Laurel – it certainly has been a gift to realise that there are in fact many within our UCC midst who have found the way here from elsewhere! I think – for me – that’s an affirmation of the Theology that is so dear & vibrant in our denomination. Does that make sense?

  2. pat September 29, 2013 at 15:21 - Reply

    Richard, Is the picture the new Shelly & Rick.You are love,joy & compassion.As I enter a new decade of my life I want to continue to share Gods love by helping the less fortunate.

Your reflections are most welcome!