Comments: A Meditation on Time

If God calls us to dwell in eternity, outside of time, then isn't it fair to say, that outside the time parameters of our lives here on earth we are always with God in eternity, have always been, will always be, or basically just 'are' - in the constant now of God's eternal being and our own existence in that eternity?

In which case, though it is popular to view eternity around us and "ahead" of us - an eternity variously located in heaven or on a new earth - isn't it equally valid to consider our presence in that communion and eternity "behind us" and "before" our lives commenced on earth... or 'beyond' our lives' parameters, if you prefer not to use the word 'before'? Eternity is just eternity, beyond time, and consequently, if we conceive of an existence with God in eternity 'in the future', perhaps we also need to consider whether our souls (and bodies?) have always existed with God in eternity, in an eternal state.

In which case, the beauty and perfection we attribute to our 'future' lives 'in heaven' may also be attributes we always had in eternity with God.

Perhaps, rather than being born with Paul's concept of original sin, the result of a mythical woman's first act of disobedience, we are actually born with all the Original Beauty that our souls have always possessed, (or do always possess) in that eternity that is deepest life and being with God.

Perhaps, indeed, we are strangers in a strange land, always yearning for our eternal base, our home, our blessed household in the community of God, and its love and loveliness. Seen this way, each human soul is desperately precious and beautiful, even if we get hurt and harmed as we live in this world. Yet our original beauty is forever, our wound and pain and survival instincts things that block us from who we truly are and who we're constantly called to become again.

From everlasting to everlasting, I believe we have lived, and live, and will live with God. In contemplation, sometimes, this state of being in eternity - and God's sharing of consciousness and felicity - may be vivid and revelatory.

If we spend our time any way in Lent, I think we do well to spend part of it 'reconnecting' with God's eternity which is our own true home for ever.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Saturday, 4 March 2017 at 9:55am GMT

Continuing a little...

If, as I believe, our eternity is found in God, sharing God's consciousness and awareness, drawn into household familial love, and becoming the whole of who we are in God...

Then perhaps we need to seek God's presence within ourselves, and draw towards God, who dwells in the innermost mansion - or cloistered garden as I like to conceive - of our souls. There God awaits us, and how often God must long for us to 'come inside' when we are without.

I think Lent can be a time to renew that bond, a bond of givenness and shared love.

Augustine spoke of how many years he was 'outside' the ways of his soul, and the true being of his soul. And yet, rather than think of God 'out there'... perhaps God was within the whole time, waiting, waiting patiently.

In so many ways, God longs for us to come home to ourselves. It may take years, or even a whole lifetime. And yet, God dwells in us. Indeed, as the scriptures say: in God we live, and move and have our being.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Sunday, 5 March 2017 at 9:03pm GMT
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