Harvey Cox, in his book The Future of Faith, posits that we have entered into the Age of the Spirit, an era in history when the church will come alive with its “rediscovery of the sacred in the immanent, the spiritual within the secular. More people seem to recognize that it is our everyday world, not some other one, that, in the words of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘is charged with the grandeur of God.'”
If so, what difference does that make? Does it change the way you/I see the world, engage the other, and/or care for our own lives? How do we see the grandeur of God in the ordinary, messy lives we lead?
At the very least, we refocus the lens through which we see our ordinary, messy lives–friends and strangers and even enemies become co-travelers on this twisted journey of life, failures become a pathway to deeper trust in God’s love, celebrations become avenues to glimpse God’s joy, simple pleasures become God moments. We won’t expend any more spiritual energy on the interminable quest to find God. We won’t be driven mad by the never ceasing question, “Am I living in the will of God?”
We will live and, in the very act of living, God will live in us. God’s presence and love will become as close as the breath we take, the songs we sing, the fears we dread, the hopes we crave. Laughter and play will be holy connectors. The tracks of our tears will become God’s etching of love written on our faces. The everyday world will be “charged with the grandeur of God.”
It’s Monday. Our everyday world “is charged with the grandeur of God.” What will you see today that will remind you it is so? Who will you be for others to make it so? Peace. Kai