Our lives have been shaped by a 1000 hands. When you look at your life what do you see? We are all a product of our upbringing, society, parents, step-parents, family, schooling, community. None of us stand alone, we are all shaped by 1000 hands. The difference is that now we can choose the hands that shape us.
Artists don’t like platitudes and easy answers. Artists navigate controversy, they see the injustices, they look through the bubble wrap that people cocoon themselves in, they see the paradox of life and the fact that broken-ness effects us all. We are mystics and misfits and we live in the margins and on the edges.
True grace is shocking, scandalous. Without Grace there would be no second chances. Grace shakes our conventions with its insistence on getting close to people and touching them with mercy and hope.
Grace forgives the unfaithful spouse, the racist, the child abuser. It loves today’s AIDS-ridden addict as much as the tax collector of Jesus’ day.
Now I understand abuse. THEN it was my reality and it was all that I knew. I realise now the idiocy of punishing anyone for missing a church meeting ever, let alone punishing a young girl who is bereft of her mother and has had her life threatened by a psychopath. Who is then further humiliated and shamed in front of grown men who did not come to her aid, who did not stand up and say that this is crazy behaviour.
God’s purpose for creation fits with his creative energy in creation. Likewise, his ongoing purpose in this world and for our lives—as a part of his creation—guides and gives import to the creative energy we have as creatures made in his image. Whether you’re starting from a focus of justice work or whether you’re laden with artistic talent and creative energy, understanding God’s plan for creation and the ultimate aim of creativity will fire up your imagination and give direction to your passions.
This post will look at how it becomes increasingly impossible to connect with others, ourselves or God when we are constantly running around the edge of the wheel instead of being centred in the middle. We are a circumference people with little access to the centre – Rohr.
Jesus made a way for us all to connect with God. It was no longer vertical access by the elite few. He added to the Shema, what we call the the two great knowings (Rohr): to know God and to know ourselves. The Shema prayer was so influential and important that Jesus used it as the beginning of His answer to the “greatest commandment” question in Mark 12:28–30
By standing with other Australian men and women you are saying that you are determined to treat all women with respect, and to intervene safely when someone else doesn’t.