"To name a thing is to manifest the meaning and value God gave it."*Not an hour ago I was telling of my lack of words, yet in the search for fewer words Ive been given words that have deeper meaning. Simpler words such as grace (Gods unmerited favor towards us), gratitude (an attitude of thanks), joy (a dancing heart). It is amazing that within an overabundance of words, the word, lies the simple truths of a God that loves us. A God that wants us to walk in the cool of the day with him. To join him in relationship. Not hide from him.
"Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from him."**He created us for relationship and our value comes from him alone, not the things we do. It was in the garden (pure and whole) that we were able to just exist but existing wasnt enough. We started accusing God of holding out on us and not giving us all he had to offer.***We started believing that God couldnt be trusted.
"You will not surely die", said the serpant to the woman. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good from evil."****And we forgot that it was God who brought all things before us, gave us dominion, and had us name it. Name grace. Put names on his favor. Give words to his goodness.
Now we ache to get back to the garden. Back to the simplicity of it. Back to the romance of a lover and his beloved, us. We need a name that names grace for us again and the mystery is solved. We have one. We have Jesus, Yeshua, Immanuel. The Lord saves and he is with us still; if we will look. He will give us the power to name grace once again and proclaim that name to all the world.
*"For the Life of The World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy" by Alexander Schmemann
*** "The Grace Walk" by McVey