Maybe the most we can hope for is to land in relationships, in communities, that are asking the right questions. The questions that take us to the root of who we are and who we are not, particularly as we attempt to follow Jesus. The questions with no simple answers, but that hold us in the territory of the heart. I hear these holy questions all the time at Haywood St. How do we welcome all while also saying “no” to the violence of our society that so many have experienced, carry and display? Would Jesus run a needle-exchange program? How are we going to keep providing food for our hundreds of friends who rely on it while our kitchen is down? What is happening “upstream” that creates such a river of human suffering and what are we going to do about it? Who is going to plunge the clogged up toilet? Rainer Maria Rilke named it well in his Letters to a Young Poet, “Be patient toward all that is unresolved in you heart and try to love the questions themselves…the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Thank you Haywood St. for giving me, and others, such an amazing place to “live the questions.”
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