31 Days of Liminality

A the last possible moment, the last day of September BEFORE October 1, I took a leap of faith. A few years ago, I joined writers around the world in committing 31 days of consistency in writing. I am fully embracing the complexity of life, of my life, my family, the world, and I’ll be unpacking it over the next few days. To begin, let’s understand liminal space.

According to theologian Richard Rohr,

where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. There alone is our old world left behind, while we are not yet sure of the new existence. That’s a good space where genuine newness can begin. Get there often and stay as long as you can by whatever means possible…This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy. The threshold is God’s waiting room. Here we are taught openness and patience as we come to expect an appointment with the divine Doctor.

 Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr

In performing this self-analysis, I acknowledge both my current AND my future state. My OneWord for 2019 is Sanctify, defined as setting something, or someone apart for its intended use. In embracing liminality, I embrace now, even as I pursue next.

Liminality covers the distance between what is, and what is to come. A friend describes it as both/and. I challenge you as you read to consider the places in your life that could be described as liminal states. I look forward to the journey. Lord, my prayer is that I’m trying to get it right. I’m trying to be genuine, knowing that I honor the effort You wove into me by presenting my true self to the world.

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