The second in a seven part series of short musings.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 KJVA.)
This is my favorite verse about heart. We seek to stand upright before God. We strive to present ourselves as clean, and as worthy. But consider the struggle of humanity, throughout the ages, to understand righteousness, and to embody it. What are the stories we tell each other, and the questions we ask ourselves? When do we know our spirit is right? Nearly all books of the Holy Bible speak of purity and the Holy practice of making oneself pure enough to be present in the eyes of God.
This week we reflect on The Passion and we grieve–but remember the early days of the ministry of Jesus, and how he began his work. One of his first steps was to visit his cousin, John the Baptist. John had been led to baptize all who came to him. John had heard God’s call to prepare the people, and he therefore washed them clean. As they emerged from the holy water, they were now without sin and reconciled to God. When Jesus arrived, John was awed, and felt unworthy. But he was reminded that baptism is the first symbolic act which must be completed before the Holy Spirit will come and baptize each of us with God’s holy fire–a second washing, a leveling up, a second coming, a becoming.
In part one of this series, we spoke of emptiness. When the chambers of our spiritual house are emptied and clean, then will the love of God fill us with all good things. You can revisit that story here, and see the theory once again. Within John the Baptists’s ceremony, all who came to him would experience the water, as it removed all spot or blemish from bodies, hearts, and souls. Now, according to the Prince of Peace, we are prepared–the holy fire descends upon us. It arrives as an ominous and thunderous event, powerful and ablaze yet at once as beautiful and soft as a graceful dove. Now the human has become gold.
Know this: the sacredness of the elements are lovingly and graciously gifted to us and protected by the spirits of the Archangel Gabriel (the intuitive water) and Archangel Michael (the active fire). Thus we immerse ourselves in the practice of releasing and refilling. We are the immaculate vessels of an abundant God, and in the process of preparing ourselves as space for Him, we become filled, and thus fulfilled. We are overflowing with His abundant Grace. Here, my dear, is the enlightenment we so seek.
For millennia humankind has endured the agony of believing that all are born sinful, our human form is error, or we are unworthy and dirty. Separation from God is the ultimate trauma, and wounds all people to the core. But does God really see our dirt? Are the eyes of God even to be comprehended, or approximated? In our humanity, do we assume to understand God’s mind? Let us, instead, remember the unconditional love of God–the omniscient creator who teaches us to produce only good things from the heart. Is our heart not His heart? Did He not promise to forget our sin and, instead give us a new, and renewed heart? As He told Ezekiel, so we believe it for ourselves. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26 KJVA.)
This brand new flesh is not sinful, or weak, or dirty. Rather it is the ultimate gift, straight from the hand of God, as he touches us on the inside, in that sacred place we have so lovingly prepared for Him. Can you feel it? Can you feel the fire, as it blazes up as a symbol of alchemy, of the power to purify, as a catalyst for a holy lifetime on Earth? He places the pure heart within our body, mind, and soul. We are reconciled, we are good, we are finished.
With great love,
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