Blog 1965 – 02.10.2021
Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 4
Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 4
What child of the Universe has not experienced at one time or another at least a brief bout of loneliness? The Beatle song, Elenor Rigby, asks the question, “All the lonely people, where do they all come from?”
I have written at length and often about this mysterious malady that inflicts so many and all of us if even ever so briefly. Loneliness is the subject of today’s chapter in the continuing story of Wilbur the wonderful pig. Wilbur, like most of us is not a deep thinker, allowing poets and philosophers, even the cracker barrel kind, to do that for us. But when we consider the source of the thing we call loneliness we must trace it to a single cause, a little lie told by none other that ole lying ego himself, the great doubt and deception sower. From his first appearance and very first lie he has been trying to undermine the foundation of all creation and in a nut shell it is this, that the eternal parent has no greater joy that to hear of his children that they are truly living. Most translators phrase that last part as “living in the truth” but I think “truly living” say it best.
A child at play does not stop to worry if he or she is playing by themself or in a crowd of other rowdy children nor are they always aware that they are being watched over by the loving eye of their parent. But we always are and not only that but we are ever “encompassed about by a great cloud of witnesses.” I love that phrase for what it says it says better than a thick book full of well-thought out arguments.
Jesus, we are told, prayed alone in the garden before he was arrested, was tried and condemned alone by both the Jewish Sanhedrin and the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate, and that he died alone for us on the cross. Read the several accounts in the Gospels for yourself and find all three are not true. Angels were with him in the garden as his disciples/ followers slept a stones throw away; he was not condemned alone, we all were, and Barabbas; and there were two others crucified with him. Even though he cried out, “Father, why hast thou forsaken me?” it was not for even a moment true for him nor has it been us, for how could God forsake us for “in Him we live, move, breathe, and have our being.”
Loneliness is always a painful pill to swallow, but it is also self deception in its highest form. A most popular meditation technique to help us center ourselves and focus on the eternal moment called “now” is to focus on our breathing – in and out, in and out. Consider who is doing the breathing for us, what is the breath of life, in Whom do we live, move, breathe and have our being?
“Thank you Spirit for this day. I am Holy, I am Whole.” And I might add I need never be lonely nor need you for we have but to consider our breathe to remember Who and Whose we have always been and forever are.
Your friend and fellow traveler,