Falling, Failing, Going 'Down'

An excerpt from Immortal Diamond, by Richard Rohr: 

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"Death is not just physical dying, but going to full depth, hitting the bottom, going the distance, beyond where I am in control, fully beyond where I am now. 

No wonder it is scary. Death is called "the descent into hell" in the early Christian creeds and in other sources, "the pit," "the dark night," "Sheol," or "Hades." We all die eventually; we have no choice in the matter. But there are degrees of death before the final physical one. If we are honest, we acknowledge that we are dying throughout our life, and this is what we learn if we are attentive: grace is found at the depths and in the death of everything. After these smaller deaths, we know that the only "deadly sin" is to swim on the surface of things, where we never see, find, or desire God and love. This includes even the surface of religion, which might be the worst danger of all. Thus, we must not be afraid of falling, failing, going "down."

May we move towards living a life of falling, failing, and going "down", and in doing so find the grace that exists at the depths and the death of everything. Amen.