Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Hearing the Holy--Together
I've been reading the Christmas story again and watching as God weaves Heaven-realities into earth-longing. Such a wonder. And this mysterious coming of God to be among us is accomplished by people, not individuals.
There are Zechariah and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary, the shepherds and the wise men. Each of these individuals is experiencing holy wonders in partnership with another . Even the two unlikely mothers--Elizabeth and Mary--are permitted time together to savor the truths of God's wrecking/remaking of their worlds. No one is left to experience the divine on their own. Not just Mary will bare a child.
When you hear from God, who hears with you? Who is there to confirm your sensing of what the Holy One is up to in your life? We are not intended to hear or perceive holy stuff in a vacuum. Yet, we often teach spiritual formation as a solo act. I propose to you that we need someone else around who can affirm when glory comes our way.
Do you live in expectation of holy intervention? Do you live in a bright place where God can speak to you--or dream through you as God wishes? With whom can you share these epiphanies? Who can affirm them? Who is the Joseph to your Mary, or the Elizabeth to your Zechariah? We are not intended to do this Jesus thing alone. To whom would you turn if you heard from an angel today?
We need others to help us decipher holy messages. God is broadcasting in our direction.