On the Edge

Many of us live on a religious edge. We are part of the church—the universal Body of Christ—but our connection to a local congregation has been disrupted. Or our trust in the larger, formal institution has been betrayed. Maybe we still attend worship services somewhere, sometimes. Maybe we still contribute time and resources to causes and ministries that involve the church. But we can feel our toes on the edge; sometimes we feel our souls teetering away from belief and practice.

It’s not always a bad thing to be on the edge—after all, growth and expansion often happen there. Most of us go through edgy times spiritually simply because we are growing and changing. At some point we must ask difficult questions. At another point we must voice complaint and challenge to authority. And sometimes we must leave our faith—or at least the form of faith we grew up with—in order to discover God all over again and come back to faith.

Where are you these days? Anything edgy going on? Are you looking for a way to voice the way you feel? Are you hoping for some help and encouragement? Have you invited God into this odd yet necessary process?

About Vinita Hampton Wright 110 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

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