A Spacious Place




I’m only a half hour or so into the audiobook of Things Hidden and already it is challenging me exactly where I need it.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the desolate pit,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.

~ Psalm 40:1-2 (NRSVA)

The following quote is one of many, addressing various issues, that have leapt out at me (in fact it’s one of the less impressive, there are others that are better still, but I thought my readers might appreciate this one as it appeals to a broad spectrum):

Conservatives, in my experience, are those who over-rely upon outer authority, while liberals tend to over-rely upon their own inner authority. Maturity, as always, is that ‘third something’ in between, a spacious place that is offered by God and grace, leaving neither of us totally comfortable.

~ from Things Hidden by Richard Rohr

I have the Kindle version of this book on my wishlist (it helps to be able to read and listen). Already I can say I highly recommend ‘Things Hidden’. Here is an author at once sharp and compassionate, with a deep, grace-infused wisdom.

He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

~ Psalm 18:19 (NIVUK)


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