Just a couple of thoughts and quotes that got me thinking, today.
From Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul:
"Mythology is not the same as myth. Mythology is a collection of stories that attempt to portray the myths, the deep patterns, that we live in our ordinary lives. ... Mythology teaches us how to imagine more profoundly than sociological or psychological categories allow. ... By reading mythology, we learn how to think more deeply and imagistically. ... The depth of myth is one of its characteristics that make it a useful means for bringing soul into life."
From my church's Corporate Confession of Sin this morning:
O God, we acknowledge that sometimes it is easier to love You than our neighbor. We come to our worship and say our prayers and sing our hymns and sometimes that can be more comfortable to us than attending to the needs of others, especially those who are "high maintenance" or unappreciative. Open our minds to Your truth, O God, our hearts to Your Spirit and our actions to Your leading. Forgive us when we hide our eyes to the suffering of others or close our ears to the weeping of the world to concentrate on our own smaller concerns where life seems more manageable. Forgive us if we push away people who ask tough questions of us, or close off our life as your church into what feels like a safe haven.
It's a lot for me to think about.