The Miracle of Forgetfulness: Attending to God's Presence


I’ve been enjoying a book recommended by a few other moms called In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice (The Practices of Faith Series). Bonnie J Miller-McLemore writes with a depth of wisdom and insight that I need for this season, and cautions us in the same vein:

A chaotic family life can be a faithful life. But unrelenting, brain-numbing activity is not good for anyone. We have to be extremely careful about calling this spiritual…Some of our busyness is just that: a deadening busyness that distracts and destroys the capacity for joy and awe…

Rather than glorify all this running around as somehow spiritual and sanctified, it makes sense to question the pace at which we live and to consider how to slow down. We can and should change a life that is debilitating, scheduling less, facing our unhealthy addiction to an inhumane routine, and sustaining practices that help us discern how to say no to experiences and stuff that our culture says are essential for children….

[Still], adhering strictly to strategies of simplification can impede the tumultuous richness of life by trying to clean it all up. Sometimes, realistically, it is impossible to simplify life with children. Instead we must find ways not to flee or control time but to live graciously within its entanglement.

There was a moment of entanglement today. But, grace, too. And I will take it. And not worry too much about the chaotic state of my mind. Because forgetfulness is still useful. If there’s any forgetting to do, at the beginning of each day, I will focus on the wisdom and necessity of this:

[Above image from here.]

Originally posted here.

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