The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

Everyone complained about this reading but I am loving it.

What is that something which makes transformation possible in the midst of chaos and hopelessness? What is there that finds us, trapped inside the box of our own thinking with no possibility of breaking out, and moves us to open to an act of creation?

As Martin Heidegger says, we first have to assert the possibility of creation as a possibilty. Without any possibility of possibility, we surrender to what is, and assume that's all there could be. But that conundrum is a wheel within a wheel. Where does the first act of creation come from to create the possibility of possibility?

In the end, we have to proceed as if possibility is a possibility, even when we don't see it or even believe it can exist. This is an act of pure faith, based on nothing, itself born out of a pure declaration that it is. No evidence. No proof. In fact, there is usually lots of proof that what we want cannot be done. If what was needed was clear and seen to be possible, it probably would have happened already.

In the creation story in the Bible, it says in one translation, that "God's intention moved over the face of the deep." I like that! That's a clue of us. If we can simply find in ourselves some intention and take that with us into the darkness of not knowing, an act of creation becomes possible. According to the yogis, we have in us the capacity for being an "uncreated cause," and I wonder if the writers of Genesis weren't referring to this when they said that we are "made in the image of God." This is not something we have to make happen; it is already present, or even better, here within us, just there, an arm's length away, like the "kingdom of God at hand," waiting to be appropriated by an act of faith.

[Scherer, J., "The Role of Chaos in the Creation of Change," The Chaos Network, 2003.]

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