The Father’s realm
is like a woman carrying
a jar full of meal.
While she is walking on a path
some distance from her home,
the handle on her jug breaks,
and the meal spills out
behind her on the road.
She is unaware of the problem,
for she has noticed nothing.
When she opens the door
of her house
and puts the jar down
suddenly she discovers it empty.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
Our burdens can trail out behind us,
while we, unaware,
trudge our long way home.
Something breaks, something leaks
heaviness has its ways of lifting
and who knows
perhaps manna in the wilderness
someone’s darkness released
to sky and cloud
as food for others.
Journey through Logos:
Resting for Yeshua is about choice—how we respond to the accidents, the meaness, the joy and the friendships of our lives. He does not teach about a God who has taken free will and is capricious; rather, he teaches that while events happen, how we respond to those events is wholly in our hands. If we can maintain the mind of reigning, then we will find even the most difficult situations of our lives are filled with rest.
Resting does not mean inaction. The woman goes out, purchases meal to make into bread. Bread, in Aramaic, also hints at the energy of life by the way. But there are ways to interact in the world that do not require us to deplete our energy of life.
Her energy trails out behind her and when she has returned home, to her center and place of attention, she finds she is empty. The two handles she has, wisdom and compassion, have been split—the wisdom of her awareness broken. But she still has the compassion, whole and ready and may see with gentle eyes what her lack of attention has cost, and bless what has been spilled out as food for the birds, the insects and the ground. When her wisdom and compassion are reunited, she’ll be able to fill the emptiness of the jug again, bringing food and life back within her.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)”
Happiness is not be sought outside. It can never come from outside or from inside--because it simply is. It is always. Where? Everywhere.”
How do you fill your jar? How do you react when you find it empty? Are there actions that allow you both see and fill that space out of an attitude of rest?
We enter into rest when we move in the world of actions with both wisdom and compassion.
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