Today’s Word: ‘Oxygen’ as in… God is the oxygen that we breathe.
Just this past week, a friend of mine used the phrase, “God is the one in whom we live, move and have our being.”
That sounded familiar. It turns out that Paul (the Apostle) uses that phrase in the book of Acts. There is no disconnection, there is no disengagement, or disinterest on God’s part because God is in us we are in God. God is all in all.
Another way to understand this is to say that God is the oxygen that we breathe, or God is the water in which we swim.
Some call this spirituality. Some call this religion. But again, such finite words to describe such infinite things. Those words are freighted with meaning and shades of meaning.
For some, religion carries a sense of “Doing.” It leans toward protocol. There’s a list of particular steps to follow. There’s no judgement in that. For some that is very helpful method of dwelling in this larger mystery. We might think of the original faith community, the early disciples, and then the early Christ-followers in the decades following the Jesus event; and then the followers of The Way who, through the centuries practiced religious disciplines and discovered comfort in the regimented, formulaic ways of doing certain things which led those who practiced them to deeper expressions of being spirited people.
For others, spirituality is way of “Being.” They experience this “spirited-ness” in a way that moves beyond structure. For instance, some talk about singing as a spiritual practice which leads to a certain kind of transcendence. Whatever the method, whatever the practice, whatever the discipline, that we do it with the sense of “already being in the presence of the Divine, the Spirit, our Source” seems to be the key. We’re already in the one in whom we live, move and have our being. There is no disconnection, there is no disengagement, or disinterest on God’s part because God is in us we are in God. God is all in all.
Let’s breathe that oxygen!