I used that phrase in my last post – and since then have had time to think about it. Is the quasi-ness describing the Christian, or the community or both? I’m not sure.
quasi- according to the dictionary means ‘Having a likeness to something; resembling’ … for me it means ‘not quite’ … we are not quite a Christian community here at the Compass. We are all Christians – yes. We all love Jesus – yes.
But – and this is the clincher I think- that isn’t necessarily spilling over into our everyday lives. Not yet.
I suppose too part of the problem is each of our understanding of what community really is.
I’d like prayer to be a greater part of our community. Private prayer and communal prayer. I sit alone most mornings – breakfast me and God – and right now I’m using Shane Claiborne’s: Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals. January’s theme is new monasticism. I was really touched by yesterday’s illustration from the desert fathers.
A brother came to see Abba Poeman and said to him “Abba, I have many thoughts and they put me in danger”. The old man led him outside and said to him “Expand your chest and do not breathe in’. He said ‘I cannot do that’ Then the old man said to him “If you cannot do that, no more can you prevent thoughts from arising, but you can resist them”
I really liked that because it reminded me that we do have the power to resist in us. It comes from God. It is God. And so when I’m struggling with thoughts of quasi-ness (if that’s even a word) I can recognise that for God all things are possible and what is required from me in this is to spend time with Him, to hear what He says, to obey Him in the small things as well as the bigger tasks – and to let Him be God.
A good start to a new year in this place I think.