Many are standing
at the door,
but only the single
or solitary will enter the place of union.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
One by one.
That’s mostly how doors are made to go through.
Daily we practice it;
grimace or laugh
(depending on our day)
when shoved up against the frame by another.
Even the bride must gather her skirts,
as the onlookers clap and snap photos with their iphones,
cling tightly to her groom
as we sweeps her across the lintel.
They know the precious secret, though-
just like Mary did--
not one, not two.
Journey through Logos:
We do not pass through any doorway as a crowd. And those rare moments when we step through a door with another, we’re united whether our minds “like it” or not—squeezed and mushed together or carried like a bride. But mostly, we have to step through alone, our shoulders squared and our eyes wide open in authenticity.
One by one we make our passages, from birth to death, the many doors of glass and wood and accomplishment and embarrassment. And we do it alone, at least to those watching. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a crowd of friends on the other side. It doesn’t mean that the whole group gathered won’t sift through, slowly, like dust on sunbeams. They will. Or they won’t. That’s not our work, our practice.
Yeshua came to open doors, to fill fountains, to harvest the field, but his call to each of us is unique. And that is the wonder.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
"If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”
What doors have you recently journeyed through? Can you draw or name them? Who waited on each side as you left and as you entered?
We are filled with Wonder when we receive the message that all our inner fountains will be filled, the doors open, the harvest waiting only for our single and eternal Yes.
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