August 17, 2016, Prescott- The rain today, has been almost incessant, both at my workplace and around my neighbourhood. Some dry spots exist,though, among the microclimates of Prescott: The southwest forest, the grasslands around Glassford Hill and, at the far east end of our county, in Cordes Lakes. I pulled bus duty, after school, and had a fine time juggling a handheld stop sign, a large umbrella and my waterproof bag, containing the clipboard on which I was to record bus arrival times. All went smoothly, with parents, children and bus drivers following my instructions.
This evening, after our Wednesday evening devotional, I finished reading “The Shack”, a spiritually-themed novel by William P. Young, who tells the story of a man with a troubled past, whose youngest child is missing and presumed dead. The man returns to the place where a serial killer is believed to have brought his little girl, and has an intense encounter with God, as a Christian might imagine Him.
There is a moment, towards the end of the man’s Divine experience, when God reveals a song, which He says was written by the child. The song’s refrain is as follows:
“Come kiss me wind and take my breath
Till you and I are one
And we will dance among the tombs
Until all death is gone.”
This morning, I experienced a dream in which I was in a retail work situation. I was improperly dressed for the job, and somehow had driven my car into the store. When I got into the car, to go back home and change, the Customer Service lady, standing with a clipboard, gasped “You can’t get away with THAT!”
I woke, and my mind went back to every time in my life that I had made a serious error in judgment. Slowly getting dressed for the day, I took care to remind myself that things were slowly and carefully coming together in my life. There have been many fine experiences, greatly overshadowing any setbacks. The day went just fine, even with a few challenges, faced and overcome.
I mention these, as the main character in “The Shack”, one Mackenzie Allan “Mack” Phillips, was, like me, a person who spent much of his life focusing on his mistakes and on how deficient he was, compared with how he saw others. Thus, the course on which his life proceeded was meant to lead to his encounter with God- Who is presented as a Trinity: the stern, and occasionally derisive, Father; the loving Son, Jesus the Christ and the inspirational, ever-present Holy Spirit. Each added to Mack’s growth and presented a model of forgiveness and wholeness.
I think of my own relationship with God. He has shown me, through experiences both glorious and jarring, that I am a worthwhile child of His, no less capable of doing good in the world, than anyone else. Mack learned that his human icons were fallible; so have I. None of us is any less lovable, to our fellow humans or to the Celestial, for that fallibility.
So, it is my wish, hope and desire that each of us can see the Day, when we work to establish unity in the world, with a view towards the time when “all death is gone”.