Once again, I'm writing ahead of time; I hate not being able to keep up with the keyword, but I don't think I can do it today. Again.
But I will try to modify what I write, if I can, to include this week's word. Which, I have just learned, is SURPRISE.
But first...I'd like to suggest that you visit today's post on Mundane Faithfulness, which features a guest post by Mickey Gauen. It's the heartbreakingly lovely witness of her love and friendship with Kara Tippetts, as we approach the one-year anniversary of dear Kara's leaving us. Please go there...and bring Kleenex.
Kara's final book, And It Was Beautiful says so much, in the title alone. Walking in beauty was not easy for her, no doubt...but it was a choice, renewed every moment.
OK, so...let's go...ha! Appropriate opening for the topic...Letting Go.
I'm having to let go.
Not an easy thing, because my life has been active, and very goal-oriented. But circumstances are forcing a reassessment...and I have to start opening my hands, and letting go of what I want...and what I love.
It's not a bad thing.
For much of my life I was a practicing Zen Buddhist...and I still am (surprise!). It doesn't contradict Christian faith; I believe in Christ's divinity, His resurrection, and His Passion as the atonement for my sins.
Zen teaches something else...non-attachment. (It's a Jedi thing, too.)
Zen, you see, is not a faith. It's a way of approaching life. In a very real sense it embodies the Serenity Prayer...accepting that which cannot be changed, changing that which can not be accepted, and having the wisdom...and peace...to know the difference.
And it's here that I have lately learned that Zen and Christ come full circle...a perfect circle, to a perfect meeting.
Attachment...trying to hold on...Zen teaches that this is the root of suffering. It's the suffering of fear of loss, of the dread that what we treasure will be taken from us by time and fate.
But it's not the case. It never was.
I believe that the good we cherish, the love we value...it's taken in trust for us by God. He's holding it all secure for us, to be returned to our hands...and beheld by our eyes, blinded they may be by tears...when we meet Him, to stay for good.
It's not the non-attachment of thinking we never really 'had' it. Some teach that the people we love, the animals we love, the dreams we hold...they were never really ours.
Bullshit. (There's surprise #2.)
We can let go because we've always had it, and always will, because God, in His loving heart, is keeping our dreams safe for us, and the loves we've held dear are perfected in His presence.
And we can let go.
God's got it, and it's all safe.
Today's musical theme is courtesy Linkin Park, "Shadow Of The Day"...
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