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, May 23, 2020

original blessing

You want this eternal life then it starts with the truth– the naked truth of your original wound and your original beauty and every good and bad thing about you. You have heard it said that water finds it’s lowest point – living water finds your lowest point.

The Living water offered by Jesus Christ finds your lowest point.  It finds your original wound. The thing that you spend so much energy trying to heal through all the insufficient ways – relationships, religion, success, more graduate degrees, more therapy, working out, trying to get your parents to love you more, being a perfect parent because your parents sucked.
                                                   Nadia Bolz-Weber

when I was younger
we were taught to talk about Jesus


from the starting point of sin

There was (do your remember it?)
The Roman road
Which started
“As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;” (Romans 3:10)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23)

And then moved to consequences
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a)

You are going to die and fry

And then, finally, got to the good news, the way out
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Of course you have to say the magic words!
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)

No magic words
No good news

This is of course, classic Christianity
And I am not going to argue with it.  It is one way to approach faith
Its not “wrong”, exactly

But I wonder if it is really
Classic Jesus?

For the most part (except with the highly religious)
Jesus did not start his approach to people from the perspective that
They were “sinners”

He started instead
With the recognition that they were the wounded blessed

Which to me feels different
from the deficit cursed

It is not, “you are a hopeless, helpless, miserable sinner”
It is, “you are a wonderful amazing, beautiful mess
You are wounded
And I can bring you peace and healing”

Can you feel the difference in that?

One starts with original sin
The other starts with original blessing

Yes we must recognize that the original blessing
has been impacted by things that have caused it,
and that original divine image that we all bear, to become blurred
but one starts with blessing

I know, I know
It seems like a small point

But to me it is a huge point

That God comes not to rescued warped awful miserable souls
(If they say the right thing)
And give them a pass to heaven
(which they cash in when they die)

But God comes to restore in us our original blessing
God/Jesus/Holy Spirit (think Trinity)
Comes to remind us who we are
To restore to us our original blessing

our likeness to God
our Sacred nature

If you “think Genesis”
The story does not start with the fall
It starts with creation, where “it was good”
Original blessing!

The bible talks about this how the original blessing is restored
By using a lot of different images
But one of the most powerful, is that of water
Water in the wilderness
Rivers in the Desert

Living water, welling up like a spring

The amazing thing is that this water
Flows to our lowest point
To that place of wounding

But that is also the place of our creation

That is the starting point
Where we were wounded,
And where we started to forget who we are

But that is also the place where we can once again
Discover and be who we are created to be
A Child of God
A bearer of the divine image

A person of compassion
And generosity
And love

the water comes
the love comes
the grace comes

to us at that place where we are most thirsty
and as we gratefully guzzle
we are refreshed and renewed

and the water keeps coming
and coming, and coming
a spring welling up
a spring that never runs dry

Not “just” giving us a pathway
Back to God when we die
But giving us a pathway back to our original blessing

So that we become new
And do life a different way


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