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episode 12:
Wrestling With Opposites


“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”

-Wendell Berry


Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:25-30


In the scripture reference, we see Jesus saying his yoke is easy and his burden is light; yet this quote from Wendell Berry seems to suggest the opposite, encouraging us to embrace difficulty when it arrives. But perhaps there is a way to bring these two thoughts into agreement, because when we embrace the obstructions and bafflements of this life, or of our faith, then we begin to see those bafflements become a little bit lighter and take on less weight upon our minds. So this week, reflect daily on some aspect of your life—your faith, your belief system, your whatever—and listen to the song that impeded stream sings. Really listen to it; find the music in your doubt daily this week and discover what that does within your heart.

Read: Daily Prayers from the Book of Common Prayer


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