Texts: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10; Ezekiel 2:1-5; Mark 5:1-13
It’s called the Four-Fold Way. Although I spent time this week trying to find it’s origins, I am still unclear where or from whom it originated. A woman by the name of Angeles Arrien wrote a book with the title: The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary but it is unclear to me if, indeed, she is the originator of the concept. We know the mantra here at Pullen because former pastor, Mahan Siler, taught it to us. This four-fold way goes like this: show up; pay attention; speak your truth; and don’t be attached to outcomes. Along the way, someone added, again unclear who added, to the third way: speak your truth in love. Maybe Mahan added the “in love” part. It sounds like him. In the book by Arrien, the mantra is presented a bit different: show up; pay attention to what has heart and meaning; tell the truth without blame or judgment; and be open yet unattached to outcome.
It is rare for me to read all the lectionary texts for a particular Sunday and immediately discern a common thread. But that is exactly what happened this week. As soon as I read all of the lectionary passages for today, I immediately saw the thread of the four-fold way, especially the path “don’t be attached to the outcome.” Rather, though, than starting with these biblical stories, I want to explore this four-fold way through the lives of four ordinary people who became extraordinary people by showing up, paying attention, speaking truth, and not being attached to the outcome.