Monday, November 24, 2003

Robes of Light

Thinking tonight of how grand it would be if the lust of my youth gave way (died, shriveled up and blew away) to a holy reverence and (purely childlike) enjoyment of the people around me.

Reading this passage on my PocketPC bible makes me wonder how rich the fellowship of light can be...

Philippians 4:1-8 (From the God's Word version of the Hebrew scriptures.)

"So, brothers and sisters, I love you and miss you. You are my joy and my crown. Therefore, dear friends, keep your relationship with the Lord firm! I encourage both Euodia and Syntyche to have the attitude the Lord wants them to have. Yes, I also ask you, Syzugus, my true partner, to help these women. They fought beside me to spread the Good News along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers, whose names are in the Book of Life. Always be joyful in the Lord! I'll say it again: Be joyful! Let everyone know how considerate you are. The Lord is near.

"Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable."

So I had to write about the concept that we look at each other with MTV eyes most of the time... filled with selfish thoughts... and how cool it would be if we only saw the glory and potential for the paradigm shift into world peace and world joy - no more exploitation of the childlikeness! Childlike dance, childlike laughter, childlike humor, and, most of all, childlike wonder... are so precious... that's why MTV devours it all so.

What if we were all robed in light and only our faces and hands showed through... then, whether they were wrenched with grief... or lifted in praise... or moving intensely with anger... or passion... the baser (albeit necessary) emotions would be interpreted within the sanctity of our glorious potential.

And Compassion would call forth things that are not (developmentally) as though they were.

Because "it IS finished." Yeshua (Jesus) HAS won the battle against death and the grave.

We're just not looking for the light in each other. We're clinging to the shadows -

...where joy is only imitated.