on being contented…

On being in the river and finding contentment…

Nearly Orthodox1

“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”
―Richard Rohr

I didn’t even realize the dryer had caught fire. There was no smoke that I could see, no signal from the smoke detector. The only tip-off was the faint smell, a chemical or charred scent, like an aftertaste of flint and fire. The whole load of laundry lay on my bed, ready to be folded and as I shook it out I could detect the smell. When I checked the dryer itself I realized it inhabited the empty drum. If there had been fire inside the machine it was over now, suffocated inside, thanks be to God.

We opened it up to take a look. The burnt lines and charcoal interior confirmed my suspicions. The repairman came a few days later, took…

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