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Oddly enough, these are words of comfort for today. I am not a patient person, nor am I comfortable with unknowns. Unfortunately, my life has been one of waiting and wondering as of late. Because I have yet to mention it on this here blog, I suppose I should mention that I will be attending Columbia University in the fall. This year has been an incredible journey and a wonderful time of exploration and it is not over yet because I am moving to New York in the fall! AAAHHHHH! Did I mention that I’m not good with unknowns?

One of our scripture readings for Sunday was from Acts 17,

So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.

This is the God who made the world and everything in it… God’s purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward and find God–though God is not far from any one of use. For in God we live and move and exist.”

At first glance this is a passage about evangelism, reaching out and pulling people into the fold from where they are. The funny thing is, Paul doesn’t give the people in Rome a name for this “Unknown God.” Could it be that we should be a little more comfortable with the unknowns in life? Uh Oh…

The Gospel reading from John 14 also touched on the topic of the unknown,

I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans–I will come to you. Soon the world will not longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.

What is the advocate, where might we find it and when? Oh yeah, and just where do you think you are going Jesus? So many questions, so few answers (at least for now). Did I mention that I hate unknowns?

This move to New York is a practice in patience while waiting, and in being comfortable with the unknown. The only thing that gets me through is thinking about the excitement of the unknown details (interesting how that works). To be honest, the waiting and the unknown is exciting, terrifying, sad, and exhilarating. I am trying to be okay with that.

And with that I leave you with a journal entry by Henri Fredric Amiel,

Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for an unknown God.

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In exactly one month, women will take to the streets of Seattle to protest the rape culture in the United States. We live in a society that blames women for the crimes of sexual violence committed against them. This is wrong and there is no way around it. If you don’t “buy” these accusations consider some of the talk you have heard around situations of rape and sexual assault.

“If she was dressed like that she was asking for it,” “she shouldn’t have gone to that party, she should have known that would happen,” “It wasn’t rape if she was drunk, she should have had more control.”

Nope.

This is blaming the victim when we should be blaming the perpetrator. We need new language to say that rape is rape, wherever and whenever it occurs. ONLY yes means yes, that’s all there is. What we need is a culture that tells men not to rape, not one that tells women to protect themselves at all costs.

I will be participating in the SlutWalk this year so that I can do my part to say that rape is wrong and that there is NEVER an invitation to it.

For more information visit Slut Walk Seattle

Another great resource is We’re Telling. This is a project where individuals are anonymously posting their stories of sexual assault and rape as a declaration that this happens everywhere and in many different situations. Check it out if you have the time.

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thanks

this is how i feel right now… kind of.

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