Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday in Advent 2: The ways untrod

There's a voice in the wilderness crying, a call from the ways untrod... (The Hymnal 1982 #75)

The beginning of this hymn gives me a different perspective on the "wilderness," an important biblical image.  Usually we think of the wilderness as the wild place, the threatening and dangerous place.  "The ways untrod" say something different to me.  This is wilderness as the unexplored place, and not just any unexplored place, but the place to which we are being called, the place that needs our exploration.

Of course, the unexplored place may indeed by wild, threatening and dangerous, but not necessarily.  It is certainly the risky place, because it is always the place where our status quo is challenged and re-formed.  Go into the wilderness, physical or spiritual, and you will not be the same.

What is unexplored for you?

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