I’ve lately been reading a lot of (and listening to podcasts by) Parker J. Palmer, an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues including education, community, leadership, spirituality, vocation, and social change. I came upon a powerful passage that speaks to the uncertainty and loneliness that knots up so many of our souls:
Here is the insight most central to spiritual experience: we are known in detail and depth by the love that created us and sustains us, known as members of a community of creation that depends on us and on which we depend. This love knows our limits as well as our potential, our capacity for evil as well as good, the persistent self-centeredness with which we exploit the community for our own ends. Yet, as love, it does not seek to confine or manipulate us. Instead, it offers us the constant grace of self-knowledge and acceptance that can liberate us to live a larger love.