You drew Simon from the raging sea,
Draw Your Church, Lord, from schisms and disputes.
Forgive all my sins against You
Thank you for sharing this Beautiful prayer with us, it speaks volumes to me and provides a look into a mind
which is set
on things above. Barring the use of this prayer by either the ostrich or the apathetic, I think this demonstrates perfectly the answer to the question "How then shall we live?"
As you wrote:
Quote:These simple words of prayer, based on the Gospel, teach us more than enough about how to live that generous Orthodoxy which is life in Christ.
You seem to have a knack for saying in a short span what I cannot say over the course of many miles. From now on, when I am asked what I mean when using the expression a generous Orthodoxy, I will refer the enquirer to you post here (as well as others which bear your name above). Yes, this prayer teaches us, as you say, and it models for us the life lived by the one who has transcended all divisions, all obstacles by means of the Life in Christ. I wonder what denomination or what faith tradition would challenge this Way? Or, as we read, "Draw Your Church, Lord, from schisms and disputes," I also wonder who would seek to prevent the one who would rise above or desire to overcome all obstacles/divisions in Christ from praying this prayer?
And, I think it is interesting to read Matt 14:22-23 while reading the above Syriac prayer. Look at Peter in this. Observe his mindset(s). In some ways, we read in other passages that Peter was a man of extremes, somewhat impulsive, and one prone to let his excitement and passion for the Lord manifest itself in ways like (without any reckoning at all) reaching for his sword with lightening speed, or to even cast himself into the sea
(I love John 21:7). However, regardless of our reading of the young Peter who walked with the Lord, or our reading of the mature Peter who offered comfort and instruction to those who might be prone to falter . . . Peter was neither an ostrich nor apathetic at any point in his life. During even his lowest moments we see great engagement/awareness.
However, as Peter has displayed a form of immature and mature faith/trust during the course of his life his entire life is so rich with lessons, especially for those like me who seem to have some things in common. And, it is also interesting to me to see that the same Peter who without seemingly any calculation was the first (and only) one to actually get out of the boat, while the storms and winds were doing what they do best, is the same Peter who wrote later in life about the necessity of exercising self-control, patience, and endurance. And, to these he wrote we should be diligent to add and exercise knowledge. So I think we are seeing a balance here as we might consider such things as a blind leap and a blind faith, as opposed to a mind set on the promises of God. For as we read the mature Peter, we see that it is through these precious promises that we may truly take flight of the rottenness and corruption that plague us that we may in truth become partakers of the Divine Nature.
So in an effort to be crystal clear here, we are not talking about a simple or ambiguous trusting, or faith in faith, when we speak of a generous Orthodoxy. And, we do not think it is our faith that will lift us above all obstacles. Our faith is neither the agent nor the vehicle . . . but, just as Kirk has implied there is a synergia
as we speak of 'both' the participation 'and' the transcendence of that generous Orthodoxy which is life in Christ.
In closing, hopefully on lighter note, in the "for what it's worth" basket, I would like to offer an old Syriac saying that I heard last year (try to read this quickly and with a middle eastern accent):
"Have faith in God; but tie your camel at night."
PS I wonder who will have the great honor of making post #100 in the thread? :wink: . . . and come to think of it, <<<Tom>>> are you still out there? You might notice a few things in this thread that provide a common ground for those who ask if there is an American Orthodoxy? If you are still out there let me invite you to not be the lone stranger but come in here for conversation and companionship.