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A Dynamic Unity (I)

From our discussions, some observations from Alison, blogged by Simon for Quartz.

If you think about it, in the bible we meet God as a bush, or at least Moses does in his story. We also meet God as a bird descending onto a humans head in the story of the baptism of Jesus. Of course, we can also meet God as a person as the human Jesus. The person of the historical Jesus shows us a way to live, and the Church has been trying to follow this for 2000 years. This takes effort! Most people sense something like a rift between heaven and earth, or what we hope for and what we observe happening

She says, “This can be where #SensingSpirituality comes in. Sitting on a bench looking out at the Solway restores my soul, and through it I sense a spiritual truth and reality. In this place it comes naturally to me as a consolation as a gift and without effort”.

There is an article by Richard Rohr which stood out to her:

For some Christians, the split is overcome in the person of Jesus. But for more and more people, union with the divine is first experienced through “the Universal Christ”—in nature, in moments of pure love, silence, inner or outer music, with animals, or a primal sense of awe. Why? Because creation itself is the first incarnation of Christ, the primary and foundational “Bible” that reveals the path to God.

read the full article below…

These thoughts resonated in her reading of the first half of Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God,
    and the firmament[a] proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
    and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
    their voice is not heard;
yet their voice[b] goes out through all the earth
    and their words to the end of the world.

In the heavens[c] he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
    and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and nothing is hid from its heat.

Perhaps this track by songwriters Brian Eno / Darla Eno will resonate with you as well, as you contemplate and wait on God to warm you. The rays of the sun ripen the grain, green turning to gold as it flourishes, ready for harvest.

The soul of it
Is running gay
With open arms
Through golden fields

And even though
The corn is high (Sun)
(Sun) And sometimes harsh
Against the heels

We open to (Deep)
The blinding sky
And let it in
And let it in (Deep)

Through open hearts
And burning fields (Sun)
(Sun) The soul of it
In gorgeous flames (Deep)
The whole of it (Sun)
In gorgeous flames (Sun)

We let it in
(Deep) We let it in
(Sun) We let it in
We let it in (Sun)
We let it in
We let it in
We let it in
We let it in

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Brian Eno / Darla Eno
We Let It In lyrics © Opal Music

0 replies on “A Dynamic Unity (I)”

Words without speech and a voice that goes through all the world to the ends of the earth…the heavens will always declare His glory in ways which leave language standing in the starting blocks of earthly knowledge. And the heavens are with us here and now and for eternity.

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