Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Cosmos ~ It's All Mystery

Here in our community, a couple of years ago, we watched the wonderful presentation on TV, "Cosmos" and found ourselves always more in awe!

When I listen to the little-box people argue that science must fit into their religious understanding, their theology of scriptures in the Bible, I lose almost all patience.  Science discovers, and theology makes sense of it.  NOT the other way around!   God can't be expected to fit into the limited human understanding or theology of any reading of the sacred stories intended to help us consider God.  Where comes this need to limit God and reality?  Why this need of black and white clarity on theological matters that are ultimately impossible for us grasp? It seems like an insecure need to control, in a way to play god by claiming to know it all.  That is surely not honoring the Unknowable, surely not about love either.

Science is the language of the Big Book of Creation, and it is not opposed to the Little Book, the more recent book.  It's up to us to understand the lessons being taught in light of what we can see and determine in the physical world--this beautiful world.  In my opinion, that is how we honor God, not by stuffing God into a box, and ignoring everything that does not "match up" to our limited, set-in-stone theology.  We need an ever-expanding theology to try to honor the infinite Mystery.  Deflate the ego a bit folks, rest in peace, and rediscover awe.

 Try stuffing this in your tiny box!

This song is in honor of the wonderful show Cosmos and all we are learning today.  Set to Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.


We look above, we look below
We search within our highs and lows
And wonder if you do exist now, do You?
Some want You to be Puppet King
Controlling each and everything
Instead, we sing a humble Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

The Cosmos we may understand
And come to recognize Your hand
Yet dare we never claim we really knew You!
To think a story captures all—
Our pride that comes before our fall
Just let creation sing its Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

A tiny god kept under locks
In our own image, in a box,
Proclaiming all the while devotion to You.
Your stories meant to transform us
To help remember what we must
Have blinded us and muffled Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your Spirit groans within, without
Inspires minds to look about
And marvel, living in, and with, and through You.
The little mind will try to bind
Rather than to seek and find You
In this mystery we call Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

As scientists explore this world
Religious mysteries are unfurled
Yet deeper still the love that we give to You.
As everything we’re learning now
Compels us more to deeply bow
And let release an awe-filled Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

All creation sings Your praise
The Cosmos, in such wondrous ways
Is telling secrets—that we hardly knew You.
The beating of Your heart about
 Is sensed within and heard without
With every new discovery, Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

The little book of stories told
The picture book that we behold
Combine that we might know we’re closer to You
Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard
The glory of the Eternal Word
Our minds have not yet grasped that Hallelujah!

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

(Words c. 2014 Cait Finnegan)

Yes, it's a wonder, dear God!  Thank you.  Good night.

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