Thursday, December 2, 2010
Do you hear what I hear?
I hear people "Lord, Lording" all over the place but I also see them doing what doesn't appear to me to be God's will, at least the God I understand them to be professing.
That disconnect between what people say and what they do creates in me a feeling of anxiety because I don't trust them to be honest with me. There appears to be a contradiction between what they say and do whether this is inadvertent or intentional. These contradictions are constraining and restricting rather than liberating and empowering.
What is to be done?
I try to rise above it. I try not to go there. These people seem to be living in and creating a hell. I may be willing to visit temporarily, but I sure don't want to live there.
Hamlet says, "To thy own self be true."
St. Paul says, "If God is with you who can be against you?"
Bringing my will into alignment with God's will gives me great peace. This peace is acquired at the price of discernment, letting go, and following the deeper call of the heart.
I saw a sign in front of the Brockport United Methodist Church several years ago at Christmas time which read something like "You too can hear the angels' song if you tune into the right frequency."
I scan the dial. I run my radar. I am intent on tuning into God's will for me, for us, for the world.
Christmas is about tuning in to God's will for us, really, not just saying "Lord, Lord" hoping that appeasement will make things all okay.
I strain to understand not only what God's will for me is, but for our faith community, the Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Is God calling to us to become something useful, beautiful, truthful, loving? If so, how are we to do these things? The first and most elementary things we can do is just bearing witness. Just bringing our values into practice and being who we want to become. We organize ourselves to the best of our ability to know, love, and serve the Spirit of Life in our community and in the world.
Posted by David G. Markham at 8:26 AM