Happy Friday, everybody!
I received a copy of Women's Uncommon Prayers as a gift this week, and I've already found many words of wisdom in my first look-through. One of the prayers that caught my eye is written by The Rev. Virginia Going, and is titled "Who Are You?" At first I was reminded of our recent CYF discussion series and our conversations about different self-reflective inventories. However, Rev. Going was not talking about who she is, but instead she's asking about who God is.
Her prayer begins by naming things that God is not, which is a lot easier for many of us to do. I can easily make a list of things that are not "God-like," and this apophatic theology is popular for many theologians and religious scholars. Rev. Going continues bravely by naming who God is to her, and I want to share my favorite line with you.
"God is spirit, wind, and fire--uncontainable, she will not tolerate the tidy boxes we painstakingly construct for her."
There is so much packed into this one sentence. The imagery alone can have you thinking for hours about how God cannot be contained, and the boxes that we try to fit God into. My question for you this week is this: In what boxes have you tried to place God? What are labels or names that we give to God that are restrictive?
It's important to note that your relationship in naming God is personal, and there are no wrong ways to understand the Spirit. This exercise is meant to encourage you to ask questions about your faith, which helps us engage in conversations with one another, too!
Have a great weekend!