This past Sunday evening, I realized I hadn’t fully listened to the Gospel during the morning church service. My lapse in memory baffled me. Others were talking about how unpleasant a reading it was, but I had no recollection, no point of reference. Could it have been that bad?
Ah, end of times talk. All the buildings will fall. Earthquakes. Famines. My husband saw the title of this post and asked me if it was about aikido. No, not that.
But what if it’s not mainstream apocalyptic thought. Jesus mentions that all this earth-shattering, darkness, foundational collapse “is but the beginning of the birthpangs.” Now birth I can relate to, and I was listening during the service. What I hadn’t heard was a negative message, one of destruction. I heard about a fundamental shift, a promise of a new paradigm, a re-birth. I heard what had to happen for God’s dream to be realized.
As an active participant in the Servant Leadership School, I’m familiar with the talk about how our authority-driven model is not sustainable, is grounded in fear. To live into God’s will, God’s dream, would be to assume the servant role, to serve one’s self and others with unconditional love, compassion, to participate in communion. The servant is in the receptive posture, vulnerable yet open to receive divine guidance, to channel God’s love. It’s one thing to know this and quite another to practice it.
To live one’s life open to the Divine requires a new way of thinking, of being. Throw down the walls that bind. There is no ground upon which to stand. The fruit of your labors might not be in sight and the path narrow and difficult. The only sustenance you have is your Faith and a Love that surpasses all understanding. This living is the active birthing.
The child to be born is God’s dream. The light at the end of the tunnel is no other than the Light that illumines all. Jesus knew this. He lived it. He was It. And we, in our sheltered, self-centered lives are still rooted in fear and have yet to take the leap of faith into Faith. If we could but live rooted in Love, we could get a glimpse of our lives as God sees them. We could tap into the infinite potential written into our souls.
We just have to let all our illusions fall away, surrender to Love, and live what is real, what is here. Now. This is our practice.