“We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience.”
Years ago, to a crowd of people in a large auditorium, Dallas Willard spoke these words and they pierced my heart, changing my perspective on life and death. His words took root in the soil of truth that was buried deep inside of me and every time I returned to remember these words, they grew…
Dallas Willard’s earthly experience is now complete. I found this out when opening my inbox this morning and now I sit here with a lump in my throat and tears on my cheeks. I truly loved this man and am grateful for how his words continue to tutor my heart.
While many will write eloquent words of eulogy for a life well lived, I merely want to offer up a small thank you to this man and how his words have carved hope into my life:
- Challenging my legalistic view of the disciplines, calling me to come home to God’s heart
- Comforting my father on his death bed, calling him to trust as he journeyed home, returning to God’s heart
- In seeing my father comforted by your words, I was invited me to stay present in death to God’s heart
- Crafting your language to reveal intimate truth in Scripture, familiar words now caress my heart by God.
Yes Dallas, your spiritual journey goes on and though your physical experience is now complete.
The words you spoke in love, the ones we heard and let penetrate, they are still very much alive, moving among us and will continue to do so for generations to come.
And now, even in your death, dear friend, you tutor me. I feel deeply aware that much of what I am planting right now in my physical experience will live beyond me…
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”
I will continue to meet you at the heart of God.