But the existence you invite me into is ambiguous;
There is the Miracle of Isaac,
but there is also the fact of Ishmael.
Like Sarah, I would like to banish
what doesn't fit into my scheme;
But your scheme is larger than mine.
Show me how to live in your larger providence.
After pastoring a church in Maryland for many years, Eugene Peterson has become professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, He is the author of numerous books, including "The Message".