Note: This is an extract from the last book that Rod Romney published while he was pastor at Seattle First Baptist. It's theme of Wilderness resonates with us this Advent.
Veteran explorers of natural wilderness quickly learn the markers the wilderness provides. These markers offer a kind of road map through uncharted territories... I believe these markers can help all of us explore our unsettled worlds with greater safety and allow us to continue on this extraordinary venture of life with deeper joy.
Beatitudes for the New Wilderness
Blessed are those who remember who they are, for they shall come home to a truth of their own being.
Blessed are those who treasure the sacred trust of life, for they shall be the inheritors of everlasting riches.
Blessed are those who attend to the inner places of solitude pulsating in their own souls, for they shall know God.
Blessed are those who confess their pain and brokenness, for they shall take hold of their healing.
Blessed are those who connect to all things and refuse all sense of separation, for they shall become one with God.
Blessed are those who wrestle with their own darkness, for they shall touch again the light from which they came.
Blessed are those who wait upon God, for they shall renew their strength and deepen their faith.
Blessed are those who give compassion to the world, for they shall burst the bonds of suffering and death.
Blessed are those who forgive life for not being all they wanted it to be, for they shall create a new beginning for themselves.
Blessed are those who accept every person as holy and who do not burden anyone with narrow judgments or stifled love, for they shall point to that mysterious road that leads back to God.
Blessed are those who realize they have been created by love and for love, for they shall live in love all the days of their lives.
Blessed are those who rejoice at all times and in all circumstances, knowing that God is in everything with eternal joy. Through them the seed of love will be eternally resown and they shall stand tiptoe in the bright kingdom of the moment, awakening the universe with their astonishing smile.