Like it when people THINK they know you? Does it irritate you when people keep your image fixed forever, no change allowed?
Well, what makes us think that God likes being boxed in for millenium unending?
If God were an idol, that wouldn’t be problem. But to a Living God, that’s a big problem.
Guess that’s why so much scripture is devoted to ending idolatry. Idolatry is the “art” of boxing God into things, or words, or ideas.
Being idolized isn’t all it’s cracked up to be–whether people think good or ill of you. Problem is the boxes prevent relationship. You never get to be who you are to the person who boxes you. They never get to experience the real and ever-changing you!
Me, I just want to keep letting go of those neat, safe, little boxes so I can keep making space for what is Real…the Real other, the Real me, the Real Moment. I ask your prayer because it isn’t an easy thing to keep on doing, is it?
A Very Different Image of God, NOT the God on a Throne.
GOD on a Throne is Almighty King, Lord and Master, Giver of laws, miracles, tests, graces and chastisements. This is the God Who is over and above and beyond us.
GOD on a Skateboard is an Interactive God, Alive, always moving, constantly responsive to the present moment. God on a Skateboard is about challenge, caring interplay, letting go, creating, re-creating and healing–making one. God on a Skateboard is free to move everywhere, tagging the universe with messages–”I am here and here and here.” This is the God Who is WITH us…not OVER us.
This God has no hierarchy to be in charge of, no universe to run, no servants to oversee, no legal or judicial system to manage . This is a God who interacts with every one, every thing, and every moment without exception…both Separate from and One with us. A God for fast-paced changing times, you think?
If God is God, it is highly unlikely that “He” needs prayers of praise or petition or thanks.
We, on the other hand, do need prayer as an ego discipline because it is Soooooo EASY to start thinking we are a tiny bit better or less than X, Y, or Z.
Prayer is letting go judgments which keep us apart.
Prayer is letting go assumptions which seem to tie us together, while actually locking us into little enclaves of acceptibility.
Prayer is being present with each other, lifting our minds and hearts together in union with all that is Good.
Prayer is the experience and practice of our oneness with each other, the universe and God.
Praying isn’t about God. It’s about us and our relationships! It’s about getting Real with ourselves and All Other. That’s all any Real God could want. Ya think?