July 1, 2007

The Journey just started a series called “Faith sounds like…”, relating different musical styles to spirituality. This morning we started with the blues, and it was refreshing to hear in a church context that doubt is not a bad thing. Having some kind of faith in the midst of doubt may be more powerful than simplistic faith that has never stumbled. Wrestling with doubt is a big part of our collective story.

We were given a chance to write our own blues. It reminded me of an exercise at Soliton 2005. Here’s what I wrote this morning:

I thought the dreams came from you
Deep inner visions of a new way
Going nowhere
So was I wrong
Or was it meant to lead me here
And dump me
Or is it yet to come
And if it’s yet to come
Will I see it in this life, or only from a distance

Still the hope torments me:
Kingdom come
Let your kingdom come

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.