HUMOR AND SPACIOUS MINDS 02/09/2017

Humor is about widening the gap between stimulus and response. It’s about creating space where there is no space. It’s about juxtaposition. The Jesus Paradox says, “Yes, Jesus is God in human form,” while leaving enough space to acknowledge the possibility of God’s revelation in other forms. This is the magic of the mystics, as comfortable with paradox as a giraffe in tall trees. This is the legacy of spacious minds, who see past the persistent dualisms to the creative tensions that hold opposites together.

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I worship a God who is as broad as the outer limits of the expanding universe and as tiny as a mustard seed. I worship a God who plays with labels like sacred and profane and ultimately shatters them in the woman at the well.[1]I adore a God who is beyond words yet contained in the word “Jesus.”

I worship a God who doesn’t take her different roles too seriously. I worship a God who whispers the infinite in one ear and the finite in the other. I adore a God who ascended into heaven and walked the earth. I worship a God who shatters my limited conceptions and opens me to awe and wonder.

[1] Jews of first century Palestine considered Samaritans unclean “half-breeds” who were the result of marriages with non-Jews. And in first century Palestine men generally didn’t converse with women aside from their wives. Jesus broke these social conventions in his conversation with the Samaritan “woman at the well” (John 4: 5-42).

 

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