You have Permission

We have become so conditioned to comply, to obey, to fall in line where God is concerned. But when we cannot (or will not) argue, fuss or fight, something passionate, gritty, and real is missing. You are missing. And if it’s not really you who is in relationship with God, why bother?

When we wrestle like lovers
and I let you go
to tend to my wounds
that our loving has opened;

when we argue like sisters
and I storm away
to stew in the juices
my anger has stirred;

when the force of my passion
has left me exhausted
and I turn to the silence
to gather my strength;

let me hear you still breathing
there in the shadows,
blessing the silence
and weeping my name.
~ Jan Richardson, from In Wisdom’s Path

You have permission to interact in real ways with a real God who longs for nothing less; nothing less than all of the real you.

Did I mention that you have permission?

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    Tamisha May 14, 2012 at

    Jacob wrestled with God and it’s one of the most beautiful relationships we find. Love this, Ronna…

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    Ronna Detrick May 14, 2012 at

    That is a fantastic story…and confusing…and beautiful…So much like life. Imagine that?!? :-) Thanks, Tamisha.

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    Joanna Paterson May 14, 2012 at

    Oh I love this! Thanks :-)
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    Ronna Detrick May 14, 2012 at

    Oh, I’m so glad, Joanna! You’re welcome. :-)

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    Callahan McDonough May 15, 2012 at

    Of course, Ronna, this makes such right on sense. If we can not go toe to toe with another, be ‘real’ say what is so for us, how do we really know each other. Better to differ, ‘argue like sisters’ then return, connect, to love each other. Only then there is vitality, safety, trust. When in a relationship the dis-disillusionment, and differences occur, and when we get through it knowing more about ourselves, each other, then and only then is safe to be close/intimate. This goes for God too, my experience of that relationship has included my dis-illusion, anger, re-connection. And then, God keeps showing up, I am open to experiencing Presence. So much to ponder with this one.

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    Ronna Detrick May 16, 2012 at

    Yes – to all this, Callahan. And you’re right: so much to ponder. I’ve read this poem so many times and am struck anew by something else…which then leads me to ponder my understanding and experience (or not) of God even more. Love that!

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    silver price May 23, 2012 at

    Of course, Ronna, this makes such right on sense. If we can not go toe to toe with another, be ‘real’ say what is so for us, how do we really know each other. Better to differ, ‘argue like sisters’ then return, connect, to love each other. Only then there is vitality, safety, trust. When in a relationship the dis-disillusionment, and differences occur, and when we get through it knowing more about ourselves, each other, then and only then is safe to be close/intimate. This goes for God too, my experience of that relationship has included my dis-illusion, anger, re-connection. And then, God keeps showing up, I am open to experiencing Presence. So much to ponder with this one.
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