In her sermon, “Prophets for a New Day,” the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon writes that from time to time, we have to take a “spiritual inventory;” i.e., we must review what we are doing and if what we are doing is the will of God.
In his 1992 book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism, the late legal scholar Derrick Bell, the first tenured professor at Harvard Law School who gave up his position to protest that institution’s hiring practices, presents an intriguing story.
In our walk with God, we will fall; we will be embarrassed, but if, as Heschel says, “embarrassment is the beginning of faith,” then perhaps we can and will handle our embarrassments with a feeling of hope and purpose.
Walking the “Bridge of Sighs” pushes our fears out of us; while they are inside of us, they kill us and steal our capacity to trust God and see how God works, even and especially in times of dark and tumultuous times.