Emmanuel IS with Us

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“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and t

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“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

-Black Elk

Emmanuel IS with Us

Emmanuel, God IS with us

For several years now I have been aware of a “fundamental flaw” with an oft used Advent hymn:  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.  The hymn invokes “Emmanuel” (which means, “God with us”) to “come to us.”  (The hymn title probably makes that rather obvious.  Grin.)  The fly in the proverbial ointment is that God is already with us.

Remember the scene at the close of the film The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy is about to click the heels of the ruby slippers and go home; she is surprised that she had this ability all along–she was always able to go home and home, in fact, was always with her.

As we make our Advent journey, even as we sing the Advent hymn, let us be careful about our imagery and language.  We are on an annual pilgrimage, for sure; but God is always with us.  God need not be invoked, inveigled, or even invited to be present.  God is always present; we just have to be aware of and awake to the Presence.  As Black Elk said, the “center is really everywhere…”  May this be an Advent awakening for us: we are already home.

Read more http://whereheartandmindmeet.ccuccatl.com/2012/12/10/emmanuel-is-with-us/

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