Today’s guest blog is written by Kim Shippey, an avid reader and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication.
Have you heard the one about the man who asks his rabbi, “Why is it that rabbis always answer a question with another question?” The rabbi answers: “So what’s wrong with a question?”
They say that on any authentic spiritual journey, asking the hard questions is not only permitted, but necessary.
What we learn through difficulties and disequilibrium, mistakes and challenges, discoveries and unlearnings, is that the process is what’s important. They write: “The unanswerable questions asked in the company of fellow seekers along the way become a central part of the process of the deepening quest, the broadening understanding, and the journey beyond our otherwise limited horizons.”
And Felton and Procter-Murphy urge no delay in seeking spiritual answers to tough questions when they quote Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke: “Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” Continue reading