Faith seeking understanding #072: Goodbye to “Faith seeking understanding”?

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

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During my time away from writing regularly, one of the factors that tempted me to stay away is the very title of this series: “Faith seeking understanding.” The title was coined as a framework for my writings because I thought I was going to be talking a lot more explicitly and often about faith and my spiritual journey. But that is not what it has turned out to be.

I don’t consider this a failure; at one point I had reinterpreted the phrase as meaning that I would have faith that I would come to some understanding of what my focus could be and my sense of personal, writing voice. I think I hear my voice quite clearly, now; what my focus should be is another matter. I don’t want to rule out writing about spiritual things—and it’s not that what I write is devoid of spiritual content—but it seems that I am writing more about my journey as a writer than anything else. At first, I worried that I was going to be stuck writing about writing, but that might only be true on a superficial level. What I’m really writing about is what I’ve learned, how I’ve learned, what I need to learn and how I intend on going about learning it.

And you have found it useful. Useful enough to read this far, thus far.

And I thank you for that.

But I think I need to be a little clearer about how I label the sort of content I put out. I fear that the title “Faith seeking understanding” might give people the wrong idea. And so, I’m thinking of maybe starting another series, perhaps under another title, perhaps under none.

I must admit, however, that I have taken perverse pleasure in assigning numbers to my reflections. I have enjoyed watching the number grow from zero to, now, 72. I sort of don’t want to lose that momentum and start over again.

But I do want to be clear. And that probably means that “Faith seeking understanding” might be going away.

To be replaced with what? I’m not entirely sure. Perhaps you could make some suggestions. Or, perhaps, I’ll just write numbered reflections with much more descriptive titles.

Again, thank you for going on this journey with me so far. If you continue with me, I promise that I won’t just be navel gazing—although I might do a little of that. I promise that what I write here will be as true as I can make it, and as accurate a reflection on my own growth as I can bear.

So, “Faith seeking understanding,” goodbye. I break out of my shell and breathe new air. I set out for adventures as of yet unimagined. I hope you find it as interesting as you have found the journey so far. Let me know what interests you—and what doesn’t so much. I welcome your input. But I’m primarily going to be following the muse. Wish me luck!

Thank you for your time and attention.
I’d love to know your thoughts on what you’ve read.
Please comment, below, or email me at joncarllewis@gmail.com.
May God richly bless you on your journey.

Faith seeking understanding #072: Goodbye to “Faith seeking understanding”?

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