GOD’S TWO HANDS

GOD’S TWO HANDS

 

(Image created by askamathmatician.com)

No docile, meek lamb

nor gentle smile

can by itself

penetrate through

the tangled jungle of

our overwhelming

shadow land.

 

No terrifying tiger

nor forceful surge

alone

can soothe and heal

a

traumatized,

disintegrated

 spirit.

 

Shared hurt feelings

or

intellectual dialogues

alone

will not

pay the bills

nor

deter a terrorist.

 

Tender helpfulness

and

loving patience

alone

will not decrease

a lifetime of crystallized denial

or indissoluble hurt.

(Dreamworks, “Me and My Shadow”) 

The shadow must be

taken seriously;

no insipid half-heartedness

can penetrate

those armored layers

and resurrect

genuine soul emancipation

and Self-awareness.

 

We need, together,

a Tiger’s strength

and the gentleness of a Lamb;

we need to call forth

a preemptive gentleness

that stabilizes

power and tenderness.

 

To make any day complete,

we embrace both

light and darkness.

 

The words of

St. Clement of Rome

awaken us:

“God rules the world

with two hands.

In His right hand

He rules the world

with Christ Jesus;

In His left hand

God rules the world

with Satan.”

 

Deep in the spirit-center

of every human heart and mind

lies a never-ending hunger

and yearning

for reunion—

while a great civil war

of raging, stubborn

counterparts

seemingly prevents it.

 

Our windows

of perception

must be cleansed

to

obtain and

maintain

this Great Reunion

of opposites,

where God

is eternally present

within our essence.

(Struggle between good and evil) 

God—

equally present

in the fierce Tiger and

the docile Lamb—

is always among us

in summer and winter,

hurricane and quiet sunset,

at our birth and

at our death.

(Creation Continues) 

Creation continues and

resides,

wholly present,

in every contrast

under the sun.

 

God, equally

and altogether

omnipresent

within

every carnal neurosis

and

every contemplative action,

incarnates

throughout all creation

and,

within us,

in every “this and that.”

 

The God 

of Abraham and Nebuchadnezzar,

Mary Oliver and William Blake,

Albert Schweitzer and Adolph Hitler,

Jesus and Lucifer

is a scandalous God—

To be despised and rejected,

worshipped and adored,

a God of sorrow and joy,

a God of paradox,

a God beyond our

moral, cultural, and rational

interpretations.

(Anthropomorphism) 

Good things continue

to happen

to bad people,

and bad things do happen

to good people.

 

God does not

make sense,

because God

encompasses and dupes

our deep-seated

principles.

(God creates Eve, by William Blake) 

Blake’s pen

gives us the God

of contraries,

the God of the

Little Lamb—

 

Dost thou know who made thee?

Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee, 
Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee. 
He is called by thy name, 
For He calls Himself a Lamb. 
He is meek, and He is mild; 
He became a little child. 
I a child, and thou a lamb, 
We are called by His name. 
Little Lamb, God bless thee! 
Little Lamb, God bless thee!

and

the God of the Tiger—


Tiger, tiger, burning bright 
In the forests of the night, 
What immortal hand or eye 
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

 

William Blake

died

scorned by the church,

unknown and

barely published.  He

was buried in

unconsecrated

Bunhill Fields,

a pauper’s cemetery,

in Old London….

his body 

with seven other

corpses

in a single grave.

 

Later he was

exhumed and

buried with his

wife,

Catherine Sophia.  

 

His remains remain

buried

close by other “unbelievers”

and non-conformist

souls, ostracized radicals

of that time, including

George Fox,

founder of Quakerism;

John Bunyan, author of

Pilgrims’ Progress;

Susannah Wesley, wife of

Methodism’s John Wesley;

Isaac Watts,

renowned hymn writer.

 

Another God-trick?

 

How enormous

is our human stage

where we play out

our various parts

in this ongoing

Divine-Human Drama!

 

-Hal Edwards

December 13, 2012

Wauconda, IL

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *