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Co-hosts Josh and Will look back over this past (and first) season of Forecast. After briefly reviewing each of the episodes thus far, they share their highlights and challenges as well as emerging themes for future episodes, especially concerning Christian worship.
From today's Forecast:
Will: I'm always struck by the 15th- or 16th-century monastic Brother Lawrence and his The Practice of the Presence of God. This monk in the kitchen, former foot solider, finds some sense of deep fulfillment and purpose in an otherwise monotonous, mundane and otherwise milk-toast job.
And yet there's this huge, exuding sense of both worship -- and for him this means devotion and dedication to his notion of God and to Christian service -- but also just this joy, this sense of joy and wonder...and just appreciation of life. And I think that just as that was true for that individual...I think that's true for all of our guests. They found some sense of purpose and joy, even despite problematic dimensions to things they're working on or working through, despite challenges. There's something about sitting in that, where the real...blessedness is.
It's in struggle, it's in work, it's in trial that you really can recognise a blessedness, not because it's soothing, comforting or reassuring, but because you need to turn to something bigger than yourself...and you recognise that you're a part of something that's moving forward.
Josh Seligman is the founding editor of Foreshadow and co-host of its podcast, Forecast.
Will Shine is a co-host of Forecast.