Praying the Word “Way”

Apr 24, 2012

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. (Matthew 7:14 NRSV) • “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God, truthfully” (Matthew 22:16 NRSV) • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6 NRSV)

Following and discerning the Way is twisty, exciting, life-giving, scary, difficult, bumpy, exhilarating, exhausting, tricky, rocky, energizing, enlivening–all of these things–but never boring.

Twentieth century poet W.H. Auden describes it dramatically in his Christmas Oratorio For the Time Being:
He is the Way
Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness; 
You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.