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Friday, April 22, 2011

Organic God 5


Today I'm reading Psalm 139:1-6.

You have searched me, LORD, 

and you know me. 

You know when I sit and when I rise; 

you perceive my thoughts from afar. 

You discern my going out and my lying down; 

you are familiar with all my ways. 

Before a word is on my tongue 

You, LORD, know it completely. 

You hem me in behind and before, 

and you lay your hand upon me. 

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 

too lofty for me to attain.

I hope you've enjoyed reading from Margaret Feinberg's book "The Organic God" this week. Do these snippets of her writing make you want to read the whole thing? Do you resonate with her hunger for a purer relationship with God? Let me know if you like this approach in the blog - to be exposed to the spiritual writings of various authors in small bites.

Here's a portion for today's mediation:


Slowly I am discovering that the Organic God hides in the great big blue - in the shadows of prophecy and unfulfilled expectations. He constantly invites us to further exploration of himself, invisible and unsearchable. It's almost as if the Organic God enjoys mystery. He abides in unapproachable light. He seals and conceals knowledge. he describes himself as the beginning and the end, yet he wraps both the story of creation and the story of his coming in mystery. He offers glimpses, insights and clues, but still veils many of the details in a shroud of the unknown.

In the New Testament, we find a handful of spiritual mysteries, including the Incarnation; the union of Christ with the church; and the resurrection of the body, among others. While mystery often refers to knowledge being withheld, the mystery described in the New Testament refers to knowledge that has been revealed. Yet even with such disclosures, so much about God remains unknown, and for me, that is part of the intrigue.

That's particularly true when it comes to God's redemptive purposes through Christ. He has set in motion a story of love and redemption that he alone can write and that he alone can fulfill. He alone will be acknowledged when the final credits roll. Despite being the director, producer, writer, cinematographer, star, and of course, designer of special effects, God invites us into the story - his story - and gives us a part to play that was reserved specifically for us. He invites us to take our cues from him...


Have a blessed Easter celebration! No blog on Monday. I'm taking the day off!!!


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