All One

Day 267

Prayer for the day

Early in the morning I cry out to you, for in your word is my trust.

Scripture for the day

Song of Solomon 4-5, Galatians 3

I watched a documentary recently about a soap-maker who was also an amateur philosopher and spiritual guide, and one of the tenets of this man’s belief system was the connection of all humanity. He said we are “all one.”

This is not a unique belief. There are many who espouse the idea of a universal human connectedness, a consciousness that we all share. This consciousness is supposedly the root of our being, the way that we are all webbed together.

Paul certainly uses the same kind of language to define humanity, but he does so only in the context of the creation of God and redemption in Christ. He says that once we are redeemed, once we are saved, we are all adopted and connected. The differences that divide us prior to Christ are done away. We are not made all the same, but we all share the same status: we are the children of God.

This connectedness is shown in a particular way in the Song of Solomon, as the man and the woman are deeply connected to each other, living out the mystery of “one flesh” the scriptures so beautifully explain. The couple express almost painful longing for each other, the kind of longing that comes from belonging to one another so entirely that one’s identity almost seems to meld into the other. They are changing, transforming from being two people into a couple, joined by God through his mighty power and connected so closely that it’s difficult to see where one ends and the other begins.

This is not some strange universal consciousness. This is simply the work of God transforming people, putting them on the same footing, and allowing them to recognize their “child-hood.” May we equally recognize our childness.

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