many have gathered
around the fountain,
but there is nothing in the well.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
There have been times
when I have sat in my car after a church service,
watching the folks walk away,
hands in pockets,
heads tipped to cell phones.
I have wandered back into the sanctuary
after all had left,
stood there, silently waiting,
(like I did as a child,
for that one, high pitched note
inside the ear of the ear of the ear)
trying so hard to carry
from a dry fountain.
It takes a while to let the music fade,
and for me to recall
how the flute player settled his instrument
with such loving care,
to stop rolling words over in my mind,
and remember how
the associate priest’s voice trembled
and his hands shook on Palm Sunday--
so much more honest than a professional cantor,
and the silence that rimmed him round
told me about loving God,
like a sip of
Journey through Logos:
After the wonder of abundance, these cautionary words stand stark and clear as a hand-clap at night. I recall the woman at the well, the repartee she and Yeshua shared as they dipped for water that would never run dry and would ease the deepest thirst. But now, as in Yeshua’s day, we look for that living water in the wrong places, following the crowd, the dogmas and creeds, the self-help books and you tube personalities that flare up like fountains, trying to understand why we still thirst without diving deep and finding out why nothing fills our buckets and the holes in our hearts.
Here again is an invitation, this time cast in the negativa shade—where is your Source, where is the place within that runs brimming with cold, clear water? Are you willing to dig for it, search for it, stand alone for it? The promise between this logion and the one previous is the same. You will find, as all the logion 1-19 promised. And your thirst will be slaked.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
"Whenever we cling to anything that is continually changing, we will become more and more insecure with the passage of time."
"When we start to suffer, it tells us something very valuable. It means that we are not seeing the truth, and we are not relating from the truth. It's a beautiful pointer. It never fails."
How do you show up at your well—your book club, your church or temple, your job? What do you need to do to find water there, instead of looking at a fountain that no longer gives water?
We are filled with Wonder when we realize that both our sense of abundance and our sense of thirst arrive from the same place in our hearts, each balancing the other in holy paradox.
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