So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
For those who know me and for those who have followed my blog for awhile you know that my friend and pastor went home to be with the Lord in September. Keith, my pastor, was a wonderful, people loving man who had no issue with confronting issues/thoughts/comments that he did not agree with. You did not have to agree with Keith, but he was sure going to share his thoughts on the matter.
I grudgingly came to be a member of the church where Keith preached, that story is a feature length blog in and of itself, but another time. Keith was definitely a child of the 60’s; way more liberal than I. So often I would sit in church and in my head would hear the teacher’s voice from the Peanuts’ cartoon, “wah, wah, wah.” I would just think that Keith was in one of his “hippie” moods and would try to tune him out.
One of those moments would come at the end of each church service when Keith would give this benediction:
Now go in the peace of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; One God Mother of us all.
For the first month or so I would cringe every time Keith said those words at the end of the service and I would think, “There is the hippie coming out in him again.” As time passed and I was able to know Keith better, it was beyond obvious the depth of his love for God and Keith’s thankfulness to God for pulling him out of the pit and giving him life. Instead of turning off my ears when Keith began to talk in ways very foreign to my way of faith thinking, I began to give him an opportunity to truly share his thoughts. It was not an easy experience in many ways; growth is always painful. I took the Bible out of the box that I had created for it and I allowed God’s Word to take wing and be free with my thoughts and emotions. I began to see ways that I had never noticed before where I had judged when I thought that what I was doing was being faithful. I began to take God out of the language and life that I was taught and let Him reveal to me His language and His desire for His children. It is a journey in process and it still is not easy.
Over time our entire church came to love the benediction that Keith shared with us after every worship service. We now spontaneously say it out loud together every Sunday. No direction was ever given to say that benediction; it just became a part of who we are and it is now a piece of Keith left with us.
“One God Mother of us all.” I challenge you to think outside of the box that has been our way for decades/centuries. In Genesis, the very first Book in our Bible, God Himself declares that He created male and female in His own image. God is Father and Mother of us all!
One God Mother of Us All……….Amen,