GOD KNOWS US and calls us by name. We are not strangers or aliens to God. We are each and all God’s beloved. We have as our lover the Creator and Master of all that exists. The One who calls us beloved is also the one who know us so intimately and well that even the number of hairs on our head is known.
– Rueben P. Job
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God
One of the reoccurring themes which comes up during our visits in this Lunar New Year celebration season, is how the children’s growth and progress always comes up as part of the conversation.
It’s almost as if it’s an important ritual, unwritten, and maybe unconscious, and yet deep down it’s part of a corporate reflection process. Granted, there are times when adults are tempted to load on the children their expectations, as well as some burdens of responsibility. But it is also an opportunity where collectively we’re engaged in passing on memories, rehearsing aspirations, and keeping the bond of the family in a world where we feel more and more fragmented.
For me, it’s an ongoing learning process to take the best of our culture which is has been evolving dynamically through the years and reintegrate it with the developing culture we are consciously or unconsciously forming within our families and especially our children.
I do not think we have a “pure”/”naked” Chinese culture without any influence from other cultures around us through time and space. We do not have a sterilized Chinese culture. As far as we are concerned, we are all in a process of continuity and discontinuity. Another way of seeing it is we in constant construction, deconstruction and reconstruction. The question is how aware are we about the whole exercise and how consciously are we engaged in the direction of where all this is heading.
And as we spin around one orbit or even many orbits of trying to figure all the above out, the need for a center that keeps us from losing ourselves is often very simple. The simplicity of this gift is what I desire Gareth, Elysia and Ewan to embrace.
It is the gift of knowing that We are not strangers or aliens to God. We are each and all God’s beloved.
Expectations, aspirations, burdens, responsibilities will come and go. The ebb and flow of cultural formation is a given in times when there are so many variables, and at times our inability to cope with the overwhelming changes we are confronted with.
And it is precisely during times like this what may appear simplistic, with a pause and deeper reflection it is not. Because returning to the simplicity of being known by God as his beloved, is most profound and breaks us free from simplistic formulas to face to complex onslaught of forces which either may crush us, or turned on its head so God can demonstrate the amazing work he is capable of. For us, as well as for the wider world and universe.
We are not strangers or aliens to God. We are each and all God’s beloved.
GOD KNOWS US and calls us by name.
it’s good psychology. It’s good theology . it’s simply good. 🙂