Thursday, May 28, 2015

Week of May 24, 2015

We've focused a lot this week on summer plans at New Kirk Presbyterian.  It's an odd thing.  As I type these characters, there's nothing happening at NKP--at least not for the next fifty minutes until the Women's Bible Study group meets.  Yet, many of our folks can already feel the sense of community, the fun and laughter, the joy of an evening spent together with this church family as these folks move their intention and focus onto planning and preparation for summer events.  I imagine this is some cool aspect of the thick folds of our cerebral cortex.  Maybe.  Amid those folds and the convoluted circuitry encompassing the brain's gray matter, I believe there's something more--spiritual, maybe; definitely mystical.  I'll rest in the idea of it being the great mysteries of the unconscious.

Any-who, it's just flat out cool that we can already feel the emotions of what it will be when New Kirk Presbyterian gets together this summer for these various events.  I'm reminded that we are designed for community.  You've all heard the worn-out examples of how babies are nurtured as much or more by embrace than what's in-bottled.  Also, I remember a college roommate's dad visiting our apartment one weekend.  He, a very successful business owner and Pharmacist, related to us that there's absolutely nothing more important on this planet than our relationships with others.  Everybody knows this.  Everybody forgets from time to time, though.  Human joy culminates in relationships.  Therefore, the mere idea of this church family gathered together on the grounds for food, entertainment, and fellowship this summer stirs that joy and motivates our intent to become what we can already perceive.

There's no doubt: if we can taste, see, smell, feel, and hear it now, then we can be sure all of creation will move to make it happen.  Of course, coins are two-sided.  If I perceive nothing, then I'm surprised by a most bizarre truth: nothing is something, and that particular something ("nothing") will come to pass.  If we taste, see, smell, feel, and hear nothing now, then we can be sure all of creation will move to make it happen.  "Nothing" is something, so let me say that there's absolutely "nothing" wrong with nothing.  I'd add, though, that there's "nothing" right with nothing.  When disciplined enough to take what our Sacred Listening group has come to know as "ones" and "threes" (one-minute and three-minute moments of silence) throughout the day, "nothing" is the very intention with which I sit.  If God created everything from "nothing," why should I ever imagine that my  doings could come from any other source?  Out of "nothing" arises the tastes, sights, smells, feelings, and sounds of community.  Not that I'm going to obsess over my perceptions like a monomaniacal Ahab tearing after Moby-Dick.  Rather, having observed this perception with my intention, I'm simply going to live my life as though this thing's going down on the dates planned, fully expecting my perception and the present to somehow meet.  The present, then, is the very fruit of perception (Mark 4.24-25, Luke 6.37-42, Luke 11.33-37).  Where we are now just might be a direct result of where we perceived we were headed.  Where we perceive we are going just might constitute us towards the exact end in which we'll find ourselves.  Again, all of this holds true if by "perception" we mean that which we can already taste, see, smell, feel, and hear though it's not currently present.

We could open Pandora's Box here with talk of how consciousness lags behind the brain, making us think, for example, that we choose to eat the apple in front of us when, in reality, the body/brain long prepared itself for our conscious "choice" to satisfy hunger with an apple; or, if gluttons for punishment, we could try to understand the relativity of space and time.  I leave you to your own journey.

The point: you'll not journey alone because that's not the way you are designed.  I'm already excited about the many ways of being community with you here!  Hmm, faith?

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