Is serenity necessary for spirituality?

David Augsburger has some insightful reflections in his book, Dissident Discipleship.  He writes,

Serenity is necessary to spirituality because the human experience is by nature anxious.  Anxiety is the primary characteristic of self-awareness.  When it overwhelms us, the rush of life traps our center.  We become hurried, captive souls, entangled in the web of routine involvements, preoccupied with the mundane, caught up in the anxiety of the business of life.  Spirituality shifts our center to a higher vantage point, from which life can be seen with patience, work can be viewed as vocation, and the routine of daily tasks can be met as service…the center of our soul has then relocated above the tyranny of the trivial (89).

I think this might be what the sons of Korah thought also,

Psa. 46:8  ¶     Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
Psa. 46:9     He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
Psa. 46:10     “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

Lord help us in our unbelief…


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