Brian’s Reflection: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
[ The Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra in the Christian Kalendar ]
The direction and constancy of the will
is what really matters, and intellect and
feeling are only important insofar as they
contribute to that.
Evelyn Underhill, Anglican “mystic”;
she was born on this date, 1875
I’m always glad to find an ally! I’ve been going on about the importance of the will, in sermons and writings, for a long time now. It’s nice to have such a well-respected personage as Ms. Underhill agreeing with me. [ ☺ ]
“Your intellect overpower us”? Nope.
“Your feelings overwhelm us”? Nope.
“Your Will be Done” ….. Yes!
The personality of “God” gets pretty complicated in the Scriptures. One minute God’s saving and loving everybody, the next “He’s” having every man, woman and child destroyed. Very confusing ….. of course because human beings’ feelings and prejudices and fears are getting in the way, and human beings, while trying their best, can’t keep their own issues out of the picture of God they are trying to paint.
I would not be alone in saying that God’s Will is “what really matters”. God’s Will is that His Kingdom of Love, Justice, Wholeness, and Peace should “come”. This is reflected in our human lives and relationships. It is not feelings and intellect which ultimately determine the character and faithfulness of our relationships, but our WILL to Love, to make peace, to honour, to respect, to forgive, to heal.
The old hymn says, “Have thine own way, Lord / have thine own way”. Another way to say it is what Jesus said in Gethsemane: “Not my will, but yours.”
Over all else, let us Will Love. I have discovered it is the path that leads Home.