Sunday, February 20, 2005

Listening for the Heartbeat of God

I'm reading this book by Phillip Newell for Sunday School. I had never before run across the image of John the beloved disciple leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper and listening to the heartbeat of God. See John 13:23--modern translations have changed the meaning but the King James is closer to a literal translation: "Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved." Newell stresses seeing God in the natural world, which isn't very useful to me because it is where I started. I like the image of listening for the heartbeat of God as an ideal for human closeness. Newell also writes of the idea that every baby is born in the image of God. I'm still thinking about that one.

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