Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”
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"What is the main struggle?" a friend asked me recently in the midst of conversation. As I searched for the answer I realized what the main struggle at the moment was needing to be asked a good question. "What is the main struggle?" was a good question. I am a person who has relied on good questions since the curious days of childhood to be a tether to learning and discovery and self-awareness. I don't consider myself particularly skilled at advice-giving, non-professional pastoral counseling but I do value and craft good questions hoping that God will use one to strike a chord the other needs to find the answers that only they can find for themselves. Sometimes I can't form my own questions, I need help. I cherish being asked good questions because it tells me that the other cares about my struggle and that they want to help me discover the tools I have within me to help myself. Jesus asked good questions. In this case, he asked an easy one first and then one that went much deeper. Who do you say that Jesus is? It is the good question. Good questions help us to reach beneath the clutter for the answer that is real for us at that moment....it gives us a touchstone to truth, a stillpoint on which to stand to find our bearings, to learn, to take the next bold step.
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Christ, you are a very good question. Love is always a very good answer. Amen.