Frederick Buechner died this week at the age of 96. While I did not read a lot of his work, I knew people who read his work and those people have a depth to them I truly admire. David Brooks as a great tribute to him in his column this week.
In one of his frequently quoted passages, Buechner wrote: “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and the pain of it no less than the excitement and the gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
A famous quote people pass along from Buechner is: “Your vocation is where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
I am so immensely grateful for finding a way to connect my deep joy with the world’s deep need. When I operate in that space I find the greatest satisfaction in my life.
I want to continue to journey in a way that finds joy and is awed by the everydayness of living.