No Conclusions Necessary

by Ray Reuter on December 29, 2016

I ran across this nugget at the end of an article on the Giving the Basics ministry. Executive Director and Founder Teresa Hamilton is quoted saying, “I’m at a point in my life where I don’t need conclusions.” She leaves the conclusions to God.

That is pretty amazing … being in a place to let go of conclusions. Knowing and embracing that God is the best author of conclusions.

Then as I was thinking about this grace, I read a passage from Thomas Merton (emphasis added) …

A flash of sanity: the momentary realization that there is no need to come to certain conclusions about persons, events, conflicts, trends, even trends toward evil and disaster … What do such judgments mean? Little or nothing. Things are as they are in an immense whole of which I am a part and which I cannot pretend to grasp … moving where movement is possible and keeping still when movement is unnecessary, realizing that things will continue to define themselves and will be more clear to me if I am silent, attentive, obedient to [God’s] will …

These concepts are some of many to contemplate as we coincidentally “conclude” this year and look forward to next year. It is prompting me to pause and take stock of tasks and situations that I am pressing to conclude that really are best left in the hands of the Master. What about you?

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