One of my devotional readings as of late is a book called Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict. The author Esther de Waal digests the rule of St. Benedict and shares with the reader her commentary about how the values of the rule could speak to us today. Today I was reading about stability. Here is a quote that jumped out at me:
"Here is something fundamental to human need. The Benedictine recognition of the role of stability is not a piece of idealism, it is essentially realistic. Everyone needs to feel at home, to feel earthed, for it is impossible to say, 'Who am I?' without first asking, 'Where am I? Whence have I come? Where am I going?' Without roots we can neither discover where we belong, nor can we grow. Without stability we cannot confront the basic questions of life. Without stability we cannot know our true selves. For we are pulled apart by so many conflicting demands, so many things deserving of our attention, that often it seems as though the centre cannot hold."
As I read these words, so many different thoughts come to mind. I have a young adult adopted son who is living out these very words as he navigates daily choices; he can tell you that stability is a necessity to function, but he struggles to make that a reality. I think about our children and youth at church and how our Sunday School and Wednesday evening programs strive to address these very questions as we meet together week after week. We strive for steadfastness in our relationships with one another to live out stability. We strive for being the place where our children and youth want to belong and grow. And I think about our families who feel "pulled apart by so many conflicting demands," and I pray for stability in Christ and a centering in Him.