Some things I have learned #48

Subtitle: Or, at the least, I think I believe

Sub-subtitle: Or, at the most, I believe I know

We see in a mirror, dimly (1 Corinthians 13.12a)

Human relationships. A mystery. No matter how close, no matter how long-lived the bond. Still, there is much to learn. Always. At times, exhilarating. At other times, excruciating. And still, with depths of revelation to seek and to find.

For discovery is not (never can be) a given. For individuals, ever in the simultaneous process of being and becoming, are mysteries unto themselves. (Or, at the least and, perhaps, most, I am a mystery to myself.)

Thus, the impossibility, always or at any time, of being able, let alone willing to disclose to another what one least knows and, at times, does not know about one’s self.

© 2022 PRA

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2 thoughts on “Some things I have learned #48

  1. Ok now…… Thank you Paul! This has been a really long and really difficult week and I’ve not trusted myself to share with others everything I’m thinking or feeling. I’m not even sure who I am this week and / or what I’ve learned about myself that I’d be willing to share. I just know that I’m sad. I have some great relationships in my life but this year the sadness and pain just continues to add up with very little time in between them to process and catch your breath. Human relationships really are a mystery and this post was helpful.



  2. My dearest Loretta,

    Know, please, of my sympathy for you and your sadness. That – sadness – along with joy, is inescapable element of this life. And, surely, relationships – which, I believe, we have been created (indeed, internally and intestinally wired) to need and, thus, to engage – are boundless sources of both joy and sadness…

    In your sharing, you – along with another friend via his email to me in which he opened his soul to me, offering glimpses of his life’s pains – have helped me in preparing my sermon for next Sunday. Thus, in this, you and he are my serendipitous homiletical companions, indeed, co-authors.

    I pray the peace that surpasses human understanding, for you, for him, for me, for us all.



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