by Melodius Monk

I wouldn’t say that I’m a daredevil, but I do enjoy roller coasters, and some day I hope to go skydiving. Recently I had an interesting discussion about so-called daredevils or adrenaline junkies, or whatever you want to call these types of people. Often there’s a misunderstanding that these risk-seekers have no fear of death. They seemingly are willing to take risks that most of us can hardly stomach watching–like the 34-year-old this summer who walked across the grand canyon without a harness. 

Perhaps it’s true that these people have a gene that allows them to take such risks, and maybe they do have less fear of death — but perhaps there is another reason.  I believe we all come from Heaven, and are destined to return there if we wish. Could it be that this search for adrenaline is a desire to live free and unbound by the sin of this world? A desire to be who God truly made us to be?  

While skydiving may not be for all of us, I’ll bet there are risks we can take each day that will remind us of the new Heaven for which we are destined. I say “risks” because the kingdom of heaven is not of this world and it takes courage to forgive our hurts, to stand up to bullying and injustice in ourselves and in those we know. Perhaps by risking our lives daily for another, we have the opportunity to become free from ourselves, making us available to experience the wonderful freedom that God intends for us.



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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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