Earthy Spirituality

I’ve just finished poet Scott Cairns book, “Short Trip to the Edge,” the account of his journey to Mount Athos in Greece as part of his growth in the Greek Orthodox tradition.

The memoir is packed with insights one of which is the following. “The church in the East has taught me, albeit very slowly, that the Christian faith is not at its core a propositional faith; Christianity is not, finally, about what we think. It is about what we are, and what we are becoming.”

I was with Scott this weekend at our Hearth Retreat, and I saw in him a wonderful groundedness. Our life in Christ is supposed to produce deep, sustaining roots that make us at once earthy and spiritual. Scott says the Jesus prayer in one breath, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner” and in the next breath he’s humming a rock & roll classic.

This mix of earthiness with spirit is what Jesus incarnation looks like and it is why Scott’s sub-title is so apt: “Where earth meets heaven ~ A pilgrimage.”

 

 

 

Posted in Staublog in March 17, 2011 by | 1 Comment »

One Response to Earthy Spirituality

  1. Dick Staub on March 17, 2011 at 8:39 am

    […] Scott Cairns says the Jesus prayer in one breath, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner” and in the next breath he’s humming a rock & roll classic.Read More. […]

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