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A Word on
by Fred Pruitt

Hey deedee,

linda's gone so i'll pick on you ....

this came to me today: "faith is the only means of contact with God" ....

i think we are often caught in thinking that something else is a means to God -- our behavior, our thoughts, our intents, our our our our ....

faith is the only transcendence of all that ....

because faith brings us to a brink of complete darkness where there is only a black abyss ahead and the only recourse is to leap into it without any reasonable expectation of not falling to our death in the deep chasm below ....

why??? .... because "GOD" is a "no-thing" .... there is, so to speak, "Nothing" to leap to .... our earthly parents caught us when we jumped off a chair when we were little .... but we can see no parent there to catch us .... we are alone .... nobody is around .... warm fuzzies are not to be had (if they come, they only come "after" faith) .... there is only a raw nakedness of "belief" in a "no-thing", i.e. not known nor felt nor perceived by the senses .... no-thing means also "undescribed" , "unreported", "uncharted", "unknown", "unperceived", "no place" ....

a complete leap into the unknown .... though the "faith-process" becomes more & more natural to us & in our minds we know more & more the "faithfulness" of God, as we exercise it over & over, i still nevertheless find that it retains every bit of its realism and fear and doubt and down-to-the-bottom-ness that it had in its first baby steps ....

this is why faith alone is the only "means" of contact with God, because of that complete stripping away of anything human -- "no flesh shall come into my Presence" .... "by the works of the law shall no man be justified" ....

though Moses had seen with his fleshly eyes the miracles of God in plagues and deliverances, still everytime in the wilderness when the children of Israel brought issues to him he "fell on his face before the Lord" .... he was, as if dead .... i think Moses, like ourselves, found more and more that there was nothing in him, in his "flesh," that could come up with the answer, solve the problem, or prevail against a host of enemies .... GOD ONLY was the solution ....

to "fall on our faces before the Lord" is to leap into HIM without recourse to anything .... to die ....

and then, everytime, as with Moses & Ezekiel, we are made to stand up ....

Ezekiel 2:1,2
"1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.
2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me."

when we stand up, then comes the commission and the empowerment ....

"3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel .... "

"I send thee" .... this is a different "I" from the one we heard in the to's & fro's of the doubts & fears that brought us to the death .... "I" send thee .... the Divine Word explodes into the darkness and death in us; it irradiates everything around with Light and Power ....

we rise to our feet hearing the Word of God which is Wisdom and Power and Love and Purpose and Meaning and Hope ....

"this is the way, walk ye in it" .... now the Word that took us to death and darkness and terror becomes the Word which is "a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."

we know the next way to go, and that we will prevail, because we are "crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live, yet not we, but Christ liveth in us, and the life we now live in the flesh we live by the faith of the Son of God" .... "Christ liveth in us" -- HE wears a mask in the world that looks like you and me and thereby dispenses His grace and power and love wherever HE walks as us ....

is this not so??? ....

love,