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Will You? — an After-Easter Quiz

April 2, 2018

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?

“God invites us into an open-ended relationship that will change the rest of life. Not knowing where a relationship will take us can be unsettling,” says Mary Lou Redding on page 71 of Disciplines 18.

She continues, “For some of us, the desire for control, security, and predictability is so strong that any open-ended commitment is frightening, perhaps nearly unbearable.

Yet the Lord of the universe invites us: ‘Will you walk with me, relinquishing the need to know where the road leads?'”

POP QUIZ: In your experience, both past and present, is what Mary Lou Redding says here right or wrong?

I’ll admit this whole issue of trust is a monstrous Growing Edge for me today. That’s because it can lead to even more difficult questions:

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

               — The Summons by John L. Bell & Graham Maule

Don’t answer those questions too quickly.

See you back here tomorrow.

 

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