Shifting Certainty

Posted October 12, 2014 by Marg Herder

It’s the 12th, and that’s the day I post on the Emerging Voices blog on Patheos.  I’m talking about certainty. I’ve mentioned before how certainty can keep us from God.  Today I talk about that in a little more detail. Here’s a taste:

An Almost Full MoonIt’s colder now. The stars look brighter. The air is crisp and tastes clean. I’ve started wearing a coat when I go out to walk and pray at night. Orion, my bow tie friend, is no longer hugging the edge of the sky. He’s ascended high overhead, because it’s his time now. And I have begun to let this in.

Tonight, I saw a new starry face, low toward the horizon, in the east. Bright, despite the light of the almost-full moon.

“Who are you?” I said out loud, “Jupiter or Saturn? I know it must be one of you two.”

It was very late, or very early, depending on how you look at it. The star sat mute in the sky.

And, yes; very late at night, you can walk the streets of your neighborhood and talk to the stars. You can talk to yourself, or the rock in your pocket, or God, or any of your friends. Out loud. It’s okay to do that when no one is looking.

I used to have a star chart when I was a kid. I’d get my compass out and line it up just right. Try to name the stars up in the sky by looking down at the chart in my hands. Always had mixed results. Now I just pull up Google Sky and point.

I pointed at the new light in the sky…

Read the rest on the Emerging Voices blog on Patheos.

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Marg Herder
Marg Herder is the Director of Public Information for EEWC-CFT, a Christian feminist organization working for gender (and LGBTQIA) justice in Christianity since 1974. She is the content manager and developer of the organization’s website, Christian Feminism Today. Marg identifies as a trans* lesbian writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. She works to draws attention to the ongoing violence directed at women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society, the desperate need for an understanding of God that includes the Divine Feminine, and Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence.

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