I’ve got a couple of Anne Lamott books on the shelves after Greenbelt this year, so this quote via Brian Draper chimes and challenges:
“My understanding of incarnation is that we are not served by getting away from the grubbiness of suffering. Sometimes we feel that we are barely pulling ourselves forward through a tight tunnel on badly scraped elbows. But we do come out the other side, exhausted and changed.” Anne Lamott
For more explanation of ‘incarnation’, see:
incarnation is about actively showing up, being fully here, now – and it offers a Way in yet also through our present darkness. It’s by walking this Way purposefully, faithfully, that we are transformed, step by step, and in the process become transformative.
As Richard Rohr puts it so beautifully, “Transformed people transform people.”