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Water

The other day I went swimming, something I like to do especially in the summer. I remember standing in the water, floating, and thinking: this is good.  Feeling completely at peace.  Enjoying the water.  In-joy in the water.

Some days I swim laps. Some days I feel full of energy and I can swim for half an hour straight and I when I’m done I think: now I feel alive.

Other days, especially after a long day at work, I feel too fried to even swim a lot.  On days that I’m stressed, I can’t get my mind to stop. Please stop. I’m in the water but swimming in my thoughts. And all of a sudden the water doesn’t feel that nice.

It ocurred to me that life is like the water.  When I’m swimming in it, fully in it, with all my mind and body, I feel alive. Then I realize that G-d is all around me, that G-d is the water, that I’m swimming in the womb of G-d. Paul said “For in him we live and move and have our being”.

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I’m reading two books right now.  “Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist” by Dave Schmelzer and “Velvet Elvis” by Rob Bell (I had to put down the third one because two concurrent books is probably enough for me!)

There’s plenty of stuff in both books that is speaking to my heart and making me think.  This chapter I was reading this morning (from Velvet Elvis) really rocked my mind.  For example, the Rabbis in the time of Jesus had the authority to bind and loose, to interpret the Torah.  This is the context of this saying of Jesus: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

See: http://www.cresourcei.org/bindloose.htm

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#2 of top 3 (or 5?) faith benefits from Dave Schmelzer’s blog, Not The Religious Type.

…Of course God doesn’t always do what we want God to do at the moment we want it. But the explanation for that can’t be that we’re not advised to go after a God who actually does stuff. I’m not finding myself drawn to a faith that, at a head level, seems abstractly “true” but otherwise irrelevant. I’m more with the Psalmist in Psalm 116 who starts off “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” And you?

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