TheEchoLife.com launches on 9.1.2012
“Contemplation is also the response to a call: a call from Him Who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being: for we ourselves are words of His. But we are words meant to respond to Him, to answer to Him, to echo Him, and even in some way to contain Him and signify Him. Contemplation is this echo. It is a deep resonance in the inmost center of our spirit in which our very life loses its separate voice and re-sounds with the majesty and the mercy of the Hidden and Living One. He answers Himself in us and this answer is divine life, divine creativity, making all things new. We oursleves become His echo and His answer.”
~Thomas Merton — New Seeds of Contemplation
What does your life echo?
What’s with the name?
While we hope to unpack the name, “The Echo Life,” over and over during the course of this blog, we will offer this short explanation. Too often Christians lose sight of the present life in favor of focusing on the life to come. Needless to say, we all look forward to the consummation, but that does not give us license to disregard the life we live now, a life given by God, and nothing given by God should ever be set aside as unimportant.
The life we live now is not simply important despite the life to come. Instead, it is important precisely because of the life we will live together in the Kingdom. Christians are called to be representatives of the Kingdom of God; therefore, we must, in some way, embody what it means to live in the Kingdom. This blog will certainly explore in detail what this means. Suffice it for now to say that Kingdom life is nothing less than a life of stewardship. We will be heirs with Christ, and will inherit much that we will care for in the Kingdom.
As representatives of this reality, we must be good stewards now, spiritually, mentally, and physically. We must demonstrate now, what Kingdom life will look like in the future after the consummation. As representatives of the Kingdom, the lives we live now are meant to be an echo of who we are truly made to be, who we one day will be in fullness as we all live together in His Kingdom.