Yesterday's last sentence:
"Today, in thought, word, and deed, I will try to remember to organize my day around the question To Do Good or to Do Harm?"
This morning I woke up and remembered that I had not remembered, even once, to organize my day around the question To Do Good or to Do Harm.
This morning I also remembered that yesterday I read this passage from Diana Butler Bass' Christianity for the Rest of Us:
"I have been at many revival meetings where I knew exactly what the speaker would say before the testimony began: 'I once was lost in sin, but Jesus saved me.' But in the mainline churches I visited, testimonies did not take a single, rehearsed form. Rather, they were individual stories of being surprised by God's love and transformed in unanticipated ways. . . .
"Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham refer to such personal storytelling as 'the spirituality of imperfection,' a practice that is 'eccentric and unexpected' as well as 'unconventional and iconoclastic." Although they studied the practice of testimony at AA meetings, it occurred to me that they were also describing a larger cultural phenomenon— one that I observed at Redeemer, Epiphany, and other mainline congregations. 'This particular story is more of a pilgrimage, a wandering, digressing sort of journey.' What they call the 'spirituality of imperfection' was everywhere obvious on my own journey— 'a spirituality of not having all the answers.' It appeared to me as a spirituality of living the questions.
"Testimony is not about God fixing people. Rather, it speaks of God making wholeness out of human woundedness, human incompleteness. . . ."
So today, I offer my testimony— my Emmanuel Moment in which God ministered to me by recalling this passage about the spirituality of imperfection which I read on the very day I forgot to remember; and also my Point of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit may be able to use my imperfection to minister to you.