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Part 2

May 19, 2016

 

What was I thinking??? Is this transparent process really worth it? Will I be able to follow through on my commitment to writing daily? Have I lost my mind, or have I found it?

This book is written through the lens of the christianity which is my background, but it is about universal reality so I hope that those who are from different faith traditions are able to see …

Religion has nothing to do with it. Religion is a way of living, following a set of rules. Religion is a sociological construct which allows folks to define “us” and “them.” Religion tends to be divisive. Love has no rules, sets no laws, requires nothing but to know and to be, and for doing to follow being. Love is inclusive and embraces all.

Perfect love casts out fear. I heard a story of a man who had a burglar come into his house. He invited the burglar to talk, and offered to give him whatever he needed. It turns out that the burglar had lost his job and had a family to provide for and had gotten to the end of the rope and had no other way to do it. The man invited him to come back to visit or to be given more as needed. No violence resulted. Is this a common occurrence? Probably not. Most folks, especially these days, live in too much fear to even consider doing such a thing. Some burglars are too broken in their souls to be able to respond to kindness and love quickly enough to benefit in such a situation. But it DOES happen. It IS possible. I’d like to think that I’d offer love if a stranger came to my home, and if it’s time for me to go to my permanent home with God in eternity, that’s okay.

I hesitate to begin.

A number of people over the years have encouraged me to write a book. Most recently, a book about my life has been suggested. This book will undoubtedly include snippets from my life, but it is so much more!!!

About 25 years ago, I met a woman who I can best describe as “Love wrapped up in a body.” Since that time, I have wanted to become love wrapped up in a body. I’ve done what I could to attain that state of being. What I didn’t know and only recently realized is that this is what I’ve been the whole time! This is what I’ve been since I was born! This is what we all are! CS Lewis wrote that we are not bodies with souls, but rather souls with bodies. I never truly grasped that before. The idea didn’t originate with him, but he’s the one most often quoted.

Jesus WAS Love wrapped up in a body. We are created in the image of God, who is Love. Therefore, WE ARE Love wrapped up in a body. Our true mission in life is to learn that, to know that, and to grow into that.

There is so much to say … but it can be and has been already summed up in just a few sentences. The trouble is that we have glossed over those sentences and set them aside as unimportant or even irrelevant and unrealistic.

God is love. Whoever knows love, knows God. Jesus saying that whatever he did, we could do also, and more. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. God sent his spirit to us, to dwell within us.

The organized church has denied us claiming most of this over the centuries. We have prescribed ways to believe and to behave or we’re called heretics. Heretics have been burned at the stake and ostracized, so that’s a scary thing for the social creatures called human beings.

We’ve been encouraged to focus on our lives and our faith as human doings, instead. That’s easier to legislate and to control.

Jesus was a radical Jew. The pharisees hung him on a cross and we don’t want that for ourselves, though we SAY we want to do what Jesus would do and to become more like him.

Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason are the four legs of John Wesley’s Quadrilateral. Scripture is supposed to be the foundation, the deciding factor, the strongest leg. In practice, as it seems to me in most if not all protestant denominations and in the Roman Catholic church–basically, permeating Christianity–tradition leads the pack in power.

Where is God when everything seems to be falling apart and we feel so very alone? God is with us, always. God chooses to walk with us, within us, within EACH of us! We are NEVER alone in our trials and tribulations and pains and sorrows–nor in our joys and triumphs and revelations and celebrations!!!

“Perfect love casts out fear.”

“I am.”

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