Power

September 28, 2014 | Poetry

God’s weakness is stronger
than human strength. (1 Cor 1:22)
Human power rests on taking and possessing things and thus
exercising control and dominance over others —- all this because we
are limited and so are in need.
God to be God does not need anything or anyone.
God is Fullness itself. God does not possess. God does not need
to control or dominate.
As we begin to awaken to the Mystery alive in us we see:
Divine Power is the Power to give —- give the Fullness to those in need,
to us.
and thus know that which
surpasses knowledge:
the Love of the Anointed —-
so that you may be filled
with the entire Fullness of God. (Eph 3:19)

To be able to give is Power; our need to take and possess
is weakness.
The ultimate of the power to give is to give one’s self
to another to fulfill the other —- the Power to Love.
For God so loved the world
that He gave the Only-Begotten
so that everyone who believes in him
may not parish
but may have Eternal Life. (Jn 3:16)

We are given Eternal Life, that is, the Divine Existence. Divine
Power is to give freely the only reality God is: God gives God.
Possessing no-thing, God gives Self in the Gift of Union.
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Giving freely implies a freedom to receive. A gift cannot be forced
upon the recipient, otherwise it is not truly a gift not some sort of
manipulation, benevolent or not. If God gives God to us we must
be free to receive and make the gift our own.
He came to his own home
and his own people did not receive him!
But to all who did receive him
he gave the Power to become Offspring of God….
We have all received from his Fullness
Gift upon Gift. (Jn 1:11-12, 16)
God gives freely the Whole Reality God is: Fullness.
God is not composed of parts. To receive God as Self-gift
we must be given the One Whole Reality. And so what is true
of the Gift incarnate in the Anointed is true of that one same
Gift in us.
for in him dwells
all the Fullness of the Godhead bodily
and you yourselves have been filled completely in him.
(Col 2: 9-10)
As humans we receive God into our lives as we actually
live, growing through developing and deepening experience, and thus
more and more the Gift becomes truly our own
until we are a completely mature Human Being
as measured by the stature
of the Fullness of the Anointed. (Eph 4: 13)
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We can recognize the Gift of Divine Fullness not because
we have a proper conception of God, but because we experience
our own human power to give. We have the power to give to others,
to love others, and most importantly to give ourselves in love to
others. At its deepest, giving ourselves in love to another is to come
into union, one-and-another truly together.
The exercise of this love-give power can be so extraordinary that
we can be willing literally to give ourselves away: to give our lives
for others.
The more we reflect on it the more we realize this love-give power
is un-understandable. In fact, it runs counter to the awareness of
our need. It is not exercised on the biological or psychological levels
of our senses of selfhood dominated by the demands of self-preservation.
It arises at the very depth center of selfhood that transcends the
phenomenal functioning self.
The radical power to be able to give self “away” should be
impossible —- but it is a fact of human experience , and indeed one
to which we render the highest honor.

No one has greater love than this:
that he lay down his life for his friends. (Jn 15:13)

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That we can give and receive the gift of another’s self in union
is mysterious, as mysterious as the mystery of selfhood itself.
For ?under? our more superficial senses of self — physical, biological
psychological — in the deepest center of self each of us is truly
unique. Each of us is and always remains a mystery, even to
ourselves. And yet we are able to give-receive each other in true
union, to love. Even more mysterious, this in no way diminishes
or devalues the self of each, but actually transforms and enriches each.
We have no realistic concept of the Divine Self. We have no
realistic concept of our human self. But we know the experience
of love-given-union
Beloved let us love one another
because love is of God
and everyone who loves
has been begotten of God
and knows God.
One who does not love
does not know God —-
for God is Love! (1 Jn 4: 7-8)