Friday, June 15, 2012

Fire and Water


Life can be the experience of existing in both fire and water.

An image presents of human incense, slow flames smoldering while fragrant smoke rises to He who is the bestower of that everlasting flame. It is not a comfortable sensation, but it is at least comforting.

It seems a person must become - to some degree, at least - like Jesus in order to believe in Jesus. Belief in what one cannot really comprehend or relate to must be superstition.

Only the heart knows how to believe in God, how to worship God. Only the heart understands humility, as something felt rather than conceptualized. Humility is the heart's natural state, through which it recognizes the presence and grandeur of the divine and surrenders to God in love.

My personal view is that a flowing heart with Christ at its center is the goal or fulfillment of human existence, and that a person in whom this state becomes operative and functional is no longer living for himself. In that case he or she would become a vehicle or portal through which Christ comes into the world again . . . or more fully.

God brought forth His begotten, Jesus Christ, to enfold mankind in salvation, to wrap all in the robe of forgiveness and absolution, to abide with and within us. This transformation into new creatures, this rising from the dead, would leave behind in the grave the abandoned husk of "individuality" with its fallacious mystique of separateness and wrongdoing.

The living waters flowing from the wells of the heart nourish famished souls far beyond the temple boundaries.

"He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38).


  1. I love this one Dennis thanks for sharing! So does that mean when we forgive others, and most importantly ourselves, we are embodying Jesus within?

  2. I think so. In fact I feel that it is actually Jesus within that does the forgiving.