I feel for Roxane Salonen as she stands in the arena with the crowd chanting, "Get her! Get her!" as lions encircle her. During her interview with Sandy Buttweiler, WDAY 970 Radio, Salonen tried to explain her April 16 column Living Faith. As I listened to the interview, I could tell that Salonen was failing miserably.
Salonen, unfortunately, tried to explain in simple terms a theme which was clear to her, but very hard to explain to others. What I heard was naivete' and an unintended expectation for readers to read her mind. While she knew what her conviction was, she was unable to convey the message clearly. It had nothing to do with her judging non-believers.
I find her article lacking two words, "awe" and "wonder." Had she used those two words, her actual meaning would have been conveyed more clearly. People speak of the "awe and wonder" of God. She touched on it
a bit when she wrote, "...It's unreasonable to believe mere chemical reactions are behind the kind of generosity...". She was talking about the awe and wonder of God.
While one can certainly appreciate a host's thoughtfulness and generosity, Salonen was going one step further. How was it all lined up? How did this particular host become her host? What had taken place in the background, in the spiritual world of planning and making things happen?
One can smell a flower and thoroughly enjoy its scent and its delicate petals. However, Salonen takes us deeper... looking at the delicate petals and being in awe and wonder of the flower's perfection, of its very