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

Saturday, December 28, 2019

start again

Come to Me/ Goo Goo Dolls

Come to me my sweetest friend
Can you feel my heart again
I'll take you back where you belong
And this will be our favorite song
Come to me with secrets bare
I'll love you more so don't be scared
And when we're old and near the end
We'll go home and start again


2019 comes whimpering to an end
It has been a year
I come to this place tired, dealing with pain
Angry, at times
Sad, at times
Rarely hopeful

I also come to this place understanding in a way I never have before

Which is perhaps the same as saying we are dust
And that death is as sure as taxes (unless you are in the 1%)

But is mostly a way to remind ourselves

That we are constantly connecting with life
With others
And with the Sacred in such a way

That we constantly let go
And hand in hand with Love
Start again
And again, and again

New Years is a pale shadow
Of a reality we are to live each moment of our lives

Letting go of what was
Dying, so to speak
And being born again
Into whatever is next

There are many “whatever is next” moments in our lives
And in those moments we feel fragmented and vulnerable
Tumbled about

But there is a next
And if we let the Sacred ‘feel our hearts’ again
Then that next can be transformation
A starting over, and over and over
A return home (in my father’s house are many rooms)

It is not just change
“Change of itself just happens;
spiritual transformation is an active process of letting go,
living in the confusing dark space for a while,
and allowing yourself to be spit up on a new and unexpected shore.” (Rohr)

So in these last few days of 2019
So in these last days of a tumultuous decade
Where we have moved from despair, to hope and back to despair,
join me in looking back, but only briefly

Look back,
And then let go

Let go of the anger and guilt, disappointment and frustration
Let go of the failure
Let go of the old definitions
Let go even of the comfortable, if there was any

So that we can free, for God’s new thing
(and there is a new thing)

The witness is clear and persistent

Paul:  “one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3)

Jesus: “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9)

Isaiah:  “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  (Isaiah 43)

And lest we forget, Paul, again
(2 Corinthians 5:17)  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

A lot has happened
More will happen still

Some of it will cling to us
Weigh us down

Some of it will seek to define us

But we are called by the one who make all things new
To take that Kierkegaardian leap of faith
Take the hand of the sacred
And step into what is new
Start again
And again
And again

God is doing a new thing
Can we not see it?

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