July 18-B, 2022

Mesquite Dunes and Grapevine Mountains 11 04/22/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Death Valley, California
Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1328) said,
"The final leave-taking 
is leaving God for God."

That is to say, 
"Leaving our idea of God for God."

Our idea of God is not God.

Yet, the thing we do best
is to tell God how to be God.

We tell God who God ought to be.

Growing up is growing out of
our idea of God
into God.

We are to be who God is.
We are to be God.
The people who swagger about
through their life,
acting as though they are God
have the most growing up to do.

If you want to know who God is,
walk through a maternity ward.
Newborns are closer to God
than Popes are.
And certainly closer to God
than most billionaires are
(Though Mackenzie Jewett
is doing her best to redeem
the collection).

"And the end of all our exploring. 
Will be to arrive where we started. 
And know the place for the first time"
(T.S. Eliot).

This is leaving God for God.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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