Tuesday, May 20, 2008


“I have seen God face to face.”

-- Genesis 32:30

After wrestling with an “angel” (new ideas about reality) for an entire night, something amazing happened to the Biblical patriarch Jacob. One translation says he saw God “face to face”, which I take to mean he saw an entirely new way of understanding life. Principally, he saw that life is boundless, not limited. He saw that life is thought, not things; that life is impersonal, not personal; that life depends on the infinite, unplumbed universe, not on any microscopic “me”; and that therefore life is a harmonious dance, not a discordant struggle. This startling new vision caused Jacob to feel like a totally new-born person, so much so that he felt compelled to take a new name.

Hopefully I can keep this vision before me all day today. I don’t need a new name, but this new way of seeing reality would make for a day filled with miracles. I could see God -- the astounding truth of life -- face to face each and every moment.

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