At the center of our being is a point of nothingness…. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us. It is… blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would… make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely…. (Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, p. 158, 1968)
At the center of our being, the glory of God beckons for acknowledgement, cries to reveal its truth. It wants us to know that even as we are bodies that don’t last, we are precious gems that do. Christ wants us to know that God is in us! And the Holy Spirit wants us to show God to others.
We need to see God in ourselves; we need others to see God in us. That of God in me needs to know that of God in you, and that of God in you needs to know that of God in me. We need to reveal God to others, and they need to reveal God to us. God gets to know God’s self through our reflecting Light and Love.
Why are we so angry? Perhaps because no one has recognized God in us. Why are we so sad? Perhaps because the God in me hasn’t found a way to connect with the God in you.
We’ve heard that earth is our home, but it doesn’t always seem like the right planet. We don’t feel like we truly belong. Right now, we can’t see each other for who we most deeply are: children, siblings that are fountains of everlasting love.
Those of us who know Christ and have felt the movement of the Holy Spirit, let’s work together to build a world that reveals the magnificence of God, a world whose structures embody love, create joy and sustain peace.
But mercy and truth shall clap hands
together; and righteousness shall dwell and [reign] in
the earth; whereby that of God in every one upon the
earth shall be answered, for all Laws and instructions,
and teachings, being according to that of God in all
people, it stirs up that which gives to every one, that
which gives the knowledge of God, and in the knowledge
of God is all people kept…
(George Fox, Law of God, the rule of law-makers, 1658)