Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Love Affair

Who can tell if this photo is sunrise or sunset? Did God cause the contrails to form so they would exactly follow the power lines? Does it matter? How do we know anything without mulling it over between us?



G K  Chesterton once said, "Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair."
       
That one can actually be emotionally in love with God is noteworthy. Exciting...
     
but perhaps prone to being tempermental. Rather flighty. Downright fleeting on occassion.
     
Perhaps what Chesterton is suggesting is the need for a change of our attitudes, our motives—something more personal. The most personal it can be—a love affair.
     
           

     
But doesn't it seems a bit presumptive to jump straight to love affair? That kind of closeness is the fruit of time spent together, the culmination of sacrifical acts of love.
     
Time and sacrifice happen with or without such emotion as is in a love affair.
     
So is it necessary or even good that one seek to make religion personal? Or will that religion, in an of itself, become personally meaningful in the doing?
     
I had a professor once say that the surest way for a poet to fail is to set out to write a love poem. He said, write about relationship, the acts, the images, and leave it to those who read your words say, "Ahh, it is a love poem!"
       


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Sunrise



Fog.
It is cursed for hiding things.
Blessed for taking off the edges.
And beauty stands guard over it all.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Apple of Your Eye



Just a little thought today.
Apple of your eye--literally in Hebrew means: Little Man of the Eye.

 Easy to remember believers are the apple of God's eye. Our little man reflections in the great eye of God. Uncompromised attention, loyalty and protection.
    
"He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple of His eye" (Deuteronomy 32:10 RSV)

No requirements. Love.

Anyone that close to us will, by default, also be reflected in our eyes--a rather passive exchange, wouldn't you say?

"My son, keep my Words and treasure up my Commandments with you; keep my Commandments and live, keep my Teachings as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart." (Proverbs 7:1-3 RSV)

God's reflection in our eyes looks like the law?

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Must




“In holy ways there is never so much must.” – Thomas Merton
   
Holy ways are a mystery.

But must, I know about must. Ohh the Obligation. Demand. Compulsion. Ought to. Should do. HAVE to. FINE!

I must do the ironing. Surely, Thomas, there is some value in forcing the will to iron out the waves and wrinkles, in making all things smooth, while venting about the trial on the phone to a friend.

Perhaps the holy part of which Merton speaks is thankfulness. The one ingredient that turns “must” into love. A thankful heart yearns to please. I worry about faking this. Stuffing all the frothier emotion.

I also find it interesting that the Lord’s Prayer, our template for prayer, does not contain a thank you.

The posture of that prayer is a submitted and rather emotionless reflection: thy kingdom come, thy will be done.

Take away emotion from the word must and you have indifferent integrity. Can that be holiness?

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