It is an amazing thing when 2 parties find they want to be joined in some way ~ when one party realizes that the other has something which in some way sparks a desire to be with each other more. There is a sense of unity which seems to be just waiting for realization. There is such a variety of bonding in all our human endeavors. There is the personal friendship bond, the lovers bond, the business bond, the land bond, the bond with your pets, the spiritual bond . . . It seems that most humans crave and experience from somewhere deep inside, a desire for more than our own soul.
I wonder if the concept of “us all being made in God’s image” is not one way to define that drive toward unity. It is as though we are craving to be made whole in our creator. Have you ever walked in nature and just been so overwhelmed with the beauty that you ached inside? Or you come home from a long day and your dog greats you with such longing that you temporarily are transformed out of your drudgery and into pure joy? Or you look at your beloved and lose track of where you end and the other begins? These are moments of transcendence – moments where the veil of the sacred has been removed and we glimpse God.
This is what being a seeker is all about ~ we seek to transcend our one soul and unite with as much of God as we can. In seeking transcendence we cannot stop to close off our hope of knowing more of God by claiming we can judge the other. All we can honestly do as seekers is to acknowledge the God in the other, and for that, our lives will be rewarded with so much AWE. This is the preparation that Lent offers us – a time to seek God, and to transcend our human experiences – so we can better understand what happened when Christ overcame death! WHAT A TRANSCENDENCE! What a unity!
When we Disciples say, “we are a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world” we are saying we are doing our best to discover the God in everyone, in our earth, in our pets, in even our enemies! We are seeking Transcendence! It is our human craving and our Savior’s call to us! May your Lent bring you unity and transcendence!