For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)

by Melodious Monk
 
In Father Hal Helms’ Echoes of Eternity (a collection of daily prayers and meditations with God), he remarks often about faith, hope and light overcoming our fears and pride. On the entry published for January 26th, he reflected on what God was saying to him through 2 Corinthians.
 
I’ve been pondering excerpts from this book all week, like, “Those who walk with Me must sometimes walk in shadows…If everything were absolutely clear, you would be walking by sight…I have called you to a walk of faith. Faith grows in the shadows but shrinks in the Light. In the Shadows, practice praise.”
 
I found encouragement in the idea that “faith grows in the shadows,” that my faith is being built in trying to find God in those things that feel murky and unclear. I often wonder what am I missing? Why can’t I find the light, or a key to unlock some answers about the shadows I feel and see in my life?  Maybe the questioning and wandering amongst the shadows is okay, in fact part of God’s plan for me. For in the shadows I look for God and in the light I tend to forget I need him.
 
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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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