Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Creeping into God

“Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breath forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God”
                                                                                                      Søren Kierkegaard

for all our talking
and all our reading

all our philosophizing
and all our theologized

for all the debates and dialogs we have inside our heads
and have outside our heads

the reality is that the reality of God
must be experienced
if we do not have that moment

when, like the lover who realizes he or she is in love

when we “creep into God”
and find our place there
or perhaps creep into the place
inside ourselves where God dwells
and find the Sacred there

and like a dog seeking
warmth, affection, and acceptance from its master

burrow up against the presence

we will never get it
and all the thinking, reading and debating
will take us not into truth
but into untruth

and love will become judgement
and grace will become law
and the living Word will become dead words on a page

and faith will become dogma
purity of heart is to will one thing (Soren Kierkegaard)
to draw near to God
and to allow God to draw near to us

faith is the intimacy of lovers
if it is not that

it is not faith

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