Sunday, May 20, 2012

An Altar in the World

“To make bread or love, to dig in the earth, to feed an animal or cook for a stranger—these activities require no extensive commentary, no lucid theology. All they require is someone willing to bend, reach, chop, stir. Most of these tasks are so full of pleasure that there is no need to complicate things by calling them holy. And yet these are the same activities that change lives, sometimes all at once and sometimes more slowly, the way dripping water changes stone. In a world where faith is often construed as a way of thinking, bodily practices remind the willing that faith is a way of life.” 
   --Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
Go get this book, if you don't own it already. It's a great read on slowing down and noticing how even the most mundane tasks can be holy. It's a nice reminder when I'm in the midst of taxiing Soren around for appointments, wading through Costco lines, and cleaning up dog barf. How do you invite the holy--or even the silence--into your quotidian?

1 comment:

  1. I'm putting this book on our "Wish List" at Amazon; now if I could just find my Kindle!!!



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