Good Evening, God!
I’ve been listening to this book . . . slowly ( I’m now on Chapter Three) . . . as the ideas don’t fit easily or quickly into my head. . Thinking of You as a VERB instead of a NOUN is a big change. It seems that Aristotle considered Nouns as on the top of the hierarchy. Nouns had substance. And, I guess, tended to have an objective reality. That led us to seeing you as A Big Bearded White Man. Looking back I can see that gave rise to a lot of problems that are still with us. Mind you, I would hope other cultures don’t picture You as white . . . but, still definitely a human male.
This mental shift to relating to You as a VERB is HUGE. You are not so much LOVE (a noun) as LOVING (a verb). I’m smiling, God. As I was telling my spiritual director, I am realizing how little I know. This hit me a few weeks ago when I thought after a time of Centering “That was poor!” Immediately, it was made clear to me that I am not able to judge or evaluate a time of Centering. And, in truth, how could I as I have no idea of what exactly is happening while I center. I do try though. Astot first I used male words like repair, rewire, reconstruct. But, now I’m thinking it’s more like nourishing and nurturing.
But, these are only words. And words are appallingly inadequate. Except when they are used to tell stories! I love the stories that Jesus told. Stories can be revisited and see from so many different angles. And stories stay with me . . . in ways that abstractions don’t. Ah! Perhaps this is why You came in person . . . enfleshing Yourself . . . becoming a Story of Loving and Forgiving.
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