Wherever we walk, whether it's the railway station or the supermarket, we are walking on the earth, and so we are in a holy sanctuary. If we remember to walk like that, we can be nourished and find solidity with each step. --Thich Nhat Hanh What are you noticing about how you walk? Photo credit: "10.Labyrinth.GWP.NW.WDC.13September2012," Elvert Barnes, 2012.
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Like any other ideology-based group or community, Christian communities – churches and even entire denominations – have their own hortatory idioms, their own shibboleths, often drawn from the biblical text itself. One of the biggies for me, growing up as a fundamentalist Baptist, was “Saved by grace through faith,” right out of Ephesians 2:8-9. As a Catholic, I remember being admonished to “Follow your [i.e., my] vocation [or sometimes ‘calling’]”. As a non-fundamentalist but still conservative evangelical Christian, I well remember assurances that “God has a wonderful plan for your [my] life” (usually those exact words). Now, just so there is no misunderstanding, most of the time, these exhortations are just harmless rhetoric. (Usually … there are exceptions, e.g., the “Follow