June 11, 2014
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Louis C.K. recently appeared in Saturday Night Live (SNL). During his monologue he shared his theology. First he said, he does not know if there is a God but is sure there is not a heaven. He took issue with those who asserted that God did not exist on the basis that they had not seen God. He argued that he had not yet seen "12 Years a Slave," but that didn't mean it did not exist.
He finally concluded that he believes in God, but not the God of the bible because in his opinion, "that is a weird story." He stated that the bible presents God as our father, "Our father?" he said. "Our Father who art in Heaven? Where is Our Mother? I'm sure there is a picture of our dead mother in heaven? Is our mother in the trunk of God's car?"
As I listened to Louis C.K., (and laughed out loud (LOL)), I realized the amount of time we have spent, as Christians, trying to explain God. We try to explain God, just like we explain everything else. We would like nothing better than to be able to quantify, qualify and predict God. But luckily we cannot. The Trinity is one of those things about God that we cannot explain. It is one of those elements of faith seeking understanding.
God comes to us in many different ways. Often we meet God at the end of the road, or sometimes at the beginning. Sometimes God is at the intersections of our journey.
Notwithstanding, these things I know to be true: in the loneliest moments of our lives?there is God; in the midst of our deepest pain?there is God; when we lost the person who informed and shaped who we are?there was God. When we married the love of our lives?there was God. When we heard a call that burned our hearts and we could not resist it... it came from God. In the words of Thomas Morton, "even when God is absent, God is present. In the absence of God, there is God."
We are created in the image of God. God is with us. God is before us. God is next to us and after us. And God Our Mother?she is there too.
God of love and mercy, help us remember this day, that no matter where we are in our journey, you are with us always. Amen.
Spirited Wednesday: June 11, 2014 , by Damaris Whittaker.