Saturday, August 14, 2010

Creation - the groaning glorification

The dynamic and unfinished nature of creation in linear time (history) is embodied in this story of emergence and regression of form. One form dies so that another may come to be. It is a continuous birthing process of new life potentialities carrying both old and new survival information into the future of the cosmos. This is the emanation of created form, the embodiment of God.

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:22

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory. 2 Cor 3:18

The formless aspect of life is Spirit. Spirit, that ether of divinity that miraculously holds us together, unifies us in life, moves us to adapt (make life from) to conditions that, for all intents and purposes, look deadly. It is Spirit that creates the eternal flow of tzim tzum, the becoming and returning to God. Theologian, Catherine Mowry LaCugna notes that “not only are we constituted by our relationship to God, but God is constituted by relating to us.”(1) This speaks of the codependence of creation and humanity and source, God, the essence of all that was and is and ever shall be. We are in fragile balance, each sustained by the other, because we are different iterations of the same, whether evolving through time and space or manifesting through a multidimensional present. The spirit moves and breathes through all, guiding the process toward a balance. This is the groaning of the unfinished, delicately balanced web of life, the process of the glorification of God; the becoming.

1. Catherine Mowry LaCugna, God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life (New York: Harper Collins, 1991).

© Peggy Beatty 2010

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