Wednesday, April 3, 2013

reverse incarnation

127161-simple-black-square-icon-media-a-media22-arrow-forward1[1]VIDEO-POST – RIGHT HERE! Today’s featured two-minute video-postcould easily fit with Monday’s “Easter: so-what?” post. Regardless, the video-conversation poses a question that’s always valid; namely, “What difference does Easter Sunday make in real life?” (2 mins. check it out and share).
284741_930503137592_706970984_nCONNECTIONS: Rebekah made her connections to Hartford yesterday without any travel troubles. Which was especially good when you think about how disappointed David (almost 18 months) would have been if he hadn’t seen grandmama.
We’ve been Skyping a lot (in addition to those two long visits while Naomi and Craig cruised) and David recognized Rebekah with no problem at all. Apparently he did his little “David-Shuffle” dance and then ran to her as fast as he could.
Grandmama Rebekah on Skype is all well and good, but grandmama in the flesh – the “incarnational” grandmama – well that’s a whole other story.
FLESH MADE SPIRIT: Talking of incarnation, I’ve been thinking about the Jesus story today and how we always (well, me, anyway) tend to put the responsibility on God, and look for God to move into our limited, three-dimensional, world if we’re to have any kind of a relationship at all.
Then we say things like, “If only I’d actually met Jesus…” and, “If I’d have been around when Jesus walked the earth…” or, “If Jesus came and made an appearance in our 21st Century World today…” (well, I do, anyway)… as if the only way we could possibly relate to the divine is via God breaking into time and space, on our terms.
Always on our terms (well, mine, anyway).
Church of the Resurrection
Church of the Resurrection
But what about us making a more deliberate shift into the spiritual? What about a reverse incarnation? How about if we put out more effort, and intention, and creativity, and application, and repetition into our prayer and meditation life?
That’s how we can enter into the presence of God; that’s one more way we can know Jesus; that’s how we can be in fellowship with the Spirit.
Sometimes I worry that I’m so concrete in my understanding of faith that I root my spirit deep in the earth and fail sometimes to remember to look up.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

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