Life is full of patterns.
One pattern that repeats itself in so many parts of life is this:
Deconstruction is a philosophical framework to explain how people build identity and stability, reconsider or dismantle those, and then go beyond them to build something better or more fitting to face life in this world.
Some may frame it like this:
Over the past couple years, deconstruction has grown in popularity in many Christian communities, and it’s reshaping the way people think about and act out their faith.
It always includes some level of internal (and potentially external) struggle, because it’s tampering with our own view of and relationship to reality. Because of that, deconstruction can be a stressful and disorienting experience. It’s only natural; some idea or worldview is coming to an end, so it feels like a sort of death.
Something must die before the new can be reborn in its place.
To put it another way:
We’ll dig more into what deconstruction is later and explore reasons why it seems to be so widespread. (Feel free to leave a comment below with your own thoughts or questions we can explore.)
In the meantime, here’s a prayer for people who are deconstructing, changing their beliefs, and reconsidering what God and spiritual practice looks like for themselves—no matter where it leads.
A prayer for when you don’t know where you’re going
“My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean
that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire
in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though
I may know nothing about it.”
— Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
May you find profound peace even when your journey seems the most chaotic.
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