Posts Tagged ‘Calling’

Part of the Covenant

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

God’s covenant with humanity – a promise of love, of faithfulness, a holding – is easy to project as “out there,” some distant document as it were propped up as a hoped for or dreaded contract.  But ‘covenant’ settles far deeper than the legalism we, not God, remain prone to.  The biblical book of Isaiah spoke to that several thousand years ago….

I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.  (Isaiah 42:6-7)

The meaning of these words … subtle and unsettling.  God’s desire for you … to see yourself as part of the covenant, as a living embodiment in some small way of the agreement between the divine and humanity, humble carriers of a life giving heart song.

 

Finding Our Voice

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

One of life’s greatest tasks and possibly greatest joy centers around the discovery of our voice. That voice is not the shrill notes sounded by fear and anxiety but the still notes sounded by a soul well grounded and reaching out with joy.

As Emanuel Swedenborg noted, it is “hidden deep … a kind of current” where our minds in turn ground themselves in the beloved activity that brings “peace and satisfaction.”  (TCR 735)  And that is where heaven comes visible to us.  “All who become angels carry their own heaven deep within themselves, because their love is the love that constitutes their heaven.” (TCR 739)  That ever so unique love, lived out, is heaven and becomes heaven forever.

But the question remains, how to find that voice?  One author pointed to the following questions as pointing us towards our voice.

  1. Who are you?
  2. What do you do?
  3. Who do you do it for?
  4. What is it that people need/ want?
  5. How are they transformed as a result?

And while the questions are interesting, the most fascinating point he made I believe was the meta-narrative overlaying these questions.  The meta-narrative …. 3 of the 5 questions are about others.

The voice we discover may be odd.  It may be happy or joyously defiant.  But it will be ours.  And provided it looks humbly inward for strength and outward to serve, it will be God-with-us.   A strange voice but unique.

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