You and I are sojourners in this life. God has led my family and I in our journey, out to Los Angeles. It has been a beautiful, crazy, fulfilling, heart-wrenching, fun-filled, tear-filled, laughter-filled journey. More than anything, it has been a sacred journey. Because being a follower of Jesus — He has been involved in all aspects, and in all parts of this journey. As Frederick Buechner says: “I think of my life & of the lives of everyone… as not just journeys through time but as sacred journeys.”
Quoting him again — our journey “…speaks of a “crazy, holy grace” that wells up out of “the lostness and pain of the world and of our own inner worlds.” An old, old prayer says “For all thy blessings, known and unknown, remembered and forgotten, we give thee thanks.” He says of these blessings that “it is their presence that makes the life of each of us a sacred journey.”
The challenges of the journey draw us into the questions, which draw us into the searching, seeking, longing for meaning. That, in turn, can draw us into the blessings of God always present in this present moment. We need to believe deeply that Christ is here with us in this church and world – this is the way we have been given and to which we have been given. It is our sacred journey.
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less that in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
(Selection from Listening to Your Life, Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner. HarperCollins Publishers, 1992, p. 9.)