Trusting dying is not giving up, it is giving to God. Death is one end, but it is not the end.
As the Episcopal Church considers the use of expansive language in liturgical revision, we would do well to remember a few factors.
The recognition that God is the supreme object of our enjoyment fills us with wonder at creation’s transparency to the love and goodness of God.
"All things shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well" is not Julian’s blithe assertion, but a statement Christ presents to her as fact. Her first response is to ask, incredulously, “How?”
The most wonderful thing about Julian, as a mystic, theological friend, and spiritual companion, is that she does more than just tell us about God. She actually shares with us her own incomplete, decades-long process of coming to terms with her experience of a God of love who is actually at work, in all things, in each moment.