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Rarity of Clarity

It was a pile of letters, not rocks, that started Harry’s journey. He certainly was not expecting his calling when it came, and came, and came some more. His foster parents did everything they could to stop it, but the letters inviting him to Hogwarts kept coming and coming every way imaginable. Of course, it was a magical persistence - just the kind of overwhelming clarity most of us want. Wouldn’t it be great if we got thousands of letters from God inviting us into our future?

However, for Harry the letters were just the first step. He needed to learn about his own identity before he could go very far. The letters were only the beginning of a long, complicated, journey filled with difficulty and danger. The story becomes a story because of all the difficulties he has in working out his calling. Harry’s story reminds me of an M. Scott Peck quote, “Life is difficult...It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning.” Clarity and ease sound delightful, but they are not the common human experience. Quandary is not something to seek, but peace comes by embracing it and celebrating each forward step of a journey.

Where are you being called into a journey of change?


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