“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” #TS_Eliot, Little Gidding, Part V, “Four Quartets
We return where we began, to the eternal embrace of Divine Love. We were formed by original blessing, but we’ve heard so often the story of “original sin” that we have to be reminded of our beginnings in beauty and union…the Christian Creation narrative is uniquely hopeful.
The creation poem in Genesis 1 is a “confrontive story,” portraying something radically different than the common creation stories of its time; rather than “violence and destruction,” the Genesis mythos shows “overflowing joy and creativity.” Knowing we began as an expression of God’s desire for relationship allows us to trust that life is headed somewhere good, into new forms of Love making itself known, and all things in a whole and expanding universe. As one Pauline translation puts it “The whole of creation is standing on tip toe to see the full revelation of the children of God.” (Book of Romans, 8:19) The story ends where it begins: in life and now even in “life more abundantly.” (Gospel of John 10:10)
This created life came from “nowhere” (creatio ex nihilo) and now has my name upon it. From death–the small dyings to the False Self and our eventual physical death–comes resurrection into our True Self, who we have been all along but have simply forgotten. As you look back on the year recently ended and forward to a year beginning, recall the ways in which God has been/is inviting you to return, again and again, to Love, which is the same as returning to God…”
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