FULLY DIVINE/FULLY HUMAN

Hebrews 1:3
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Human/Divine

Human/Divine

What applies to Jesus may well
apply to us.
Considering how we are
created in the image of God,
and then how Jesus
the fleshy human,
and Jesus
the divine exemplification
of God,
are wholly one being,
not separate,
and the one whom God
commissioned to show us
the fullness
of our own divine possibilities,
and again, how we are, have been,
created in the image of God,
there is only one conclusion
I can make:
We, you and me,
us,
are fully human and
fully divine as well.
No way around it.
Just a little overwhelming.
And now your, mine, our
commission is to see the divine,
as well as the human in each other.
In ourselves.

THE PLANTED SEED

Matthew 13:31-32
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The Hope of the Seed

The Hope of the Seed

A seed is put
into the ground to grow.
So much about
darkness
is portrayed as
something bad to be feared.
This seed is planted
to grow.
In deep darkness it develops.
It is a promise.
It is a pledge.
There is a 4-way covenant between
the seed and the farmer,
the soil and the planet,
that in that dark,
in that soil,
in that place of no light,
there will be a future
when light will be seen.
And we are seeds.
And we are planted.
And in our hearts
there is a seed.
And our hearts
are fertile ground
where the seed
of our hope grows.
There will be light.
We will be saved from our fear—
fears.
We,
like the seed,
will grow.
We will crack
the surface of our darkness,
push through
the binding of our fear,
and we will rise up,
up,
into the heat of
a brilliant day
and we will perceive,
and we will have grown tall,
and we will be strong.
And we know this
because we have dreamed this,
and dreams carry more truth
than the fiction of reality,
and we have dreamed love
and it has expanded our hearts,
burst through the crust
of our lives
and our dreams have known
the heat of a new day
and the hope of a
seed.
And the promise of a
tree…

AND the time HAS come for love!

FULFILLING A PROPHECY

Seeing in the Dark

Seeing in the Dark

Matthew 4:12-17
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Sitting waiting for the sun to come up.
Cold to the bone,
lonely in the soul,
forsaken by even bird song,
I have waited
for the salvation of the morning’s light.
Desert prophets of old knew
of this waiting—
knew of moon and sun metaphors
and how spot on they were
for explaining the truth
of the God-stuff,
Jesus-stuff.
they so needed to explain.
Prophesies are hopes
conceived
in the darkness of heart,
and birthed
to the brightness of promise.
We who have never lived without light,
or without even the glow
of a far off village in our horizon
know nothing of living
in a civilization
where moonlight and starlight
are all that illuminates the night.
We might experience this
once or so by choice,
but usually we are cushioned from
the relentlessness of uninterrupted dark.
A dark impervious to your needs.
Try hiking with no light on a cloudy, starless, night.
Think about what the noises might be
that are unidentifiable
in the pitch blackness of the night.
Try this and you will begin to apprehend
the power of these prophetic metaphors.
My daughter, Shannon, and I were
camping at 9,000 feet
in the Sierra Nevada.
No light,
no stars,
just the pure black
of a nighttime cloudy sky
when an animal walked
through our camp
scattering
aluminum cook-ware
across granitic rock.
Awake,
no flashlight,
nothing to use for seeing
we stared into
blackness, and
hearts pounding,
wondered about
a question for which we
would never have an answer.
The promise of Jesus,
the promise of salvation—
it is the promise of light,
an offering of hope to
people who
have lost their way in their night,
and having no night vision
are deeply afraid.
In both actuality
and in metaphor,
people find hope
in this promise of light.
The time has
come for Hope,
the time has come for Peace.
The time has come for love.

The song, The Time Has Come For Love in sung every Sunday in the Geyserville Christian Church