In the 1970s, an English professor at Wheaton made a list for himself. It was a list of resolutions that seem to be meant to keep him aware of the universe and his place in it with God. Clyde Kilby was an Inklings scholar, dedicated to studying the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein. He was immersed in this kind of spiritual storytelling, and this list is one of the results of him being shaped by their mythopoetic works. It is a thoughtful and (somewhat surprisingly for its time and context) embodied list - ways of being present in the world that ground us in reality and open us to God. This week, we’re going to work our way through Clyde Kilby’s list, considering what it may have to teach us, what it may be inviting us towards. Here is his first “resolution”: “At least once every day I shall look steadily up at the sky and remember that I, a consciousness with a conscience, am on a planet traveling in space with wonderfully mysterious things above and about me.” (Try that for a moment, right now, and each day this week - look at the sky and remember.)

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2021-08-02 13:45:46 UTC