“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” –Rumi
Those words, written in the 1200s by the Islamic poet Rumi, reach across time and space and religion and culture, and call to seekers of truth today. We often hear people describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. But what does that distinction mean? If spirituality speaks of an often unfocused sense of yearning for deeper life purpose, or a sense of the divine, do we need “religion” to provide the focus? And if so, how do we keep that focus without becoming too prescriptive?
Ours is no caravan of despair. Ours is a refuge. Let us slow down and search for truth and meaning together. Come, yet again, come.