I really appreciated Underhill’s attentiveness to the particularity of the cost of following Christ in today’s reading. What is costly for one may not be so for another. And what one person is called to give up as a distraction from the life of faith, may be the very means through which another encounters God. A good reminder that we can never judge one another’s spiritual lives from the outside.
I appreciated too Underhill’s emphasis on “God’s ceaseless, inconspicuous invitations and suggestions to our souls”. This is not God who berates or cajoles, or coerces us into paying a high price. This is God who is ever-present, ever-patient, always inviting us to set down what weighs us down and holds us back, so that we can more easily join the endless dance of Love.
This year for #AdventBookClub we are reading ‘Music of Eternity: meditations for Advent with Evelyn Underhill’ by Robyn Wrigley-Carr. Join the conversation in the Facebook group, or by following the hashtag on Twitter.