Separation can occur in many ways. Physical distance, emotional valleys, and death are distinct markers, yet there are many other ways of being separated in between and beyond. I have come to appreciate the fragile bonds that connect my heart with another’s. There is a frailness that one must guard at all costs.
I think of the joy, connectedness, and bond between the characters represented in a Parisian statue. The personalities within expressing themselves. The connectedness represented. I am confident that nothing will come between them.
As the day begins, I wonder how this plays out in my relationship with Divinity. With the harsh awareness of death’s separation, I do not want to believe there is any frailness on Her part. I understand my fear is fed by the doubts lingering in my mind. I want to believe that the statue reflects the wonder and joy of staying connected with the Divine, even as she protects me from all that would fall on me.
Divinity has an all-in stake in your life and mine. I know this is a mixture of faith, experience, and belief. It is also a conviction that is anchored deep within me. Like Paul, I say “Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:” (Romans 8.35)
Relationships take two to work. Divinity’s work is 99% of the heavy lifting, yet it takes our acceptance to be complete. With the unconditional nature on Her part, the missing element is our “yes”. Coming to grips with the offer is part of the challenge in responding. It is harder than it sounds. It is also easier than I make it.
I woke today feeling separated. In opening myself up to the day ahead, I find beauty, love, and wonder welcoming me to a journey with Divinity in all the ways and people who represent Her.