Anyone who has spent time with little ones knows that among the first words a child learns is the question “Why?” To almost any request or explanation, little children will ask “Why?” From a very young age, we are creatures filled with questions.
“Why?” is the universal language for our longing to make sense of things. The whys of childhood help form a foundation for lifelong questing and our shared search for meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and wholeness.
Questing is a spiritual practice, a way of praying and being. In the midst of the ordinariness of our lives, God is there, whether we feel it or believe it or not. Perhaps our questing is not so much for answers about faith and life, as it is about the process of unearthing mystery. Perhaps God is not so much a conveyor of answers as a cause for wonder?
This message is excerpted from “Questing as prayer” by Julie Aageson in the January/February 2016 Gather magazine. Today we commemorate Jonathan Edwards, teacher, missionary to American Indians, 1758.
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