Marvin Repinski: Risk: Just open a door
Posted at 4:48 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022
Writing on this subject, I feel like a small man talking to a big world. Am I like the person who trips over their loose shoelaces and yet gets up, ties the shoelaces and continues their journey?
I estimate that my wife, Becky, and I read at least four hours a day – various materials. This includes the Minneapolis StarTribune and the Austin Herald. My take on our local newspaper is that with limited resources it gives fair coverage of area events and personal accomplishments. The title of this essay has five examples:
Opening doors is an idea taken from a paragraph in Russian author Dostoevsky’s novel in his book “Crime and Punishment”. “After a short interval the door barely opened and a woman cast a suspicious glance at her visitor; only her bright little eyes were visible in the darkness. When she opened the door wider, the young man crossed the threshold into a dark hall separated by a partition from the small kitchen. The old woman stood silently in front of him, looking at him with a question in her eyes. It was a small, desiccated piece of a creature, about sixty years old, with small, sharp, mischievous eyes and a small, pointed nose. She was bareheaded and her blonde hair, which was just beginning to turn gray, was thick with grease. A band of flannel wrapped around his long, lean neck, wrinkled and yellow as chicken’s feet, and despite the heat, a short, worn fur jacket, yellow with age, hung over his shoulders. She was coughing and moaning continuously. The apprehension, even the fear of the woman in the apartment, is alleviated by the action. Is this a reminder for us; despite apprehensions, will we respond to a knock at the door?
Moving on to a new experience is often a challenge, a risk. The author, Sue Bender, says, “taking into account a lingering inner voice,” she sought out, was received, and lived with an Amish family in Pennsylvania. Of Bender’s book, “Plain and Simple”, May Sarton wrote, “how rare it is that a powerful dream comes true and how increasingly rare that the experience can be communicated”. Ms. Bender went from apprehensive over a full meal – many dishes – to an enlightened enjoyment of life with the Amish. This somewhat different style of religion for most of us is rich in diversity. “I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t belong” was the initial feeling that turned into “complete acceptance”.
Say “yes” to a future. Not everyone attends public church services these days, but we can note that at the various county fairs (Mower being one of them) and the MN State Fair, as reported in the media , a large number of participants went to various religious festivals. gatherings. A sign that “all is not lost?” My stubborn belief is that people will always seek the roots and the future of their lives. And the search for these meanings will often be the conviction that a God of a certain name must be sought wisely.
Leaving Ace Hardware after recently buying birdseed, I noticed a full-size bus in the parking lot, and on the way out, young people were carrying backpacks on their way to Cornerstone Church. This Assemblies of God church has developed programs for children and youth and takes the risk that a stable faith can be taught and maintained. Troubled times call for institutions. Many in the Austin area believe in taking the risk on our young people. The crime rate among people between the ages of 15 and 28 is immense across the country. Please support the groups that say, “Now is not the time to slack off, but to invite conversation and provision for our young people”.
Youth for Christ’s new effort, in a building across from Austin High School, says, “The risk is for service, not for nonsense and destruction!” That’s why I can get a sense of satisfaction that in one of our churches in Austin, a couple with their two children are putting time and effort into the future. This includes Jason Baskin, a regular Sunday School teacher. I have my own memories.
The practice of silence. The bet most people won’t take. “I bet the new Mazda automobile won’t take an hour a day for a week to slow down. Sitting in silence with another person, I recognize the communication process! “Being alone with myself,” says a friend, “I enjoy my own conversation! The silence is broken only by the inner strength that bursts into my body. The wise grandfather said, “Don’t just do something, just sit there. One of them asked, “Why do you pray? Isn’t this a dead end? ” “Nope!” “Are you not throwing words to the wind when you meditate in silence? Isn’t it a risk to look stupid? “No. Maybe I’m just talking quietly to myself, and that’s fine. When alone with myself you ask me, isn’t that self-abuse? Most people, I guess , practice some form of private time, when they are isolated from others; it is satisfying.
The risk of actually practicing stillness or silence can be a kind of rebirth. You can look it up in the New Testament. (I forget the book, chapter and verse – you can find it.) I think it reads, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”