Enthroned in the Heavens?

Deborah Beach Giordano
© June 25, 2012

To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
~ Psalm 123:1

“You who are enthroned in the heavens….”
My goodness.
Did anyone
ever
believe that?
Literally?

That there was a creaturely something
or other
perched in the sky
like a bird
that ruled
the world?

That there was a “rider in the clouds”,
a surfer of the stratosphere,
hanging ten
and shouting
Cowabunga
when the air currents were right?

That God was just like us
only ’way bigger,
higher up,
and lighter
than air
like a blimp?

That we’re closer
to the Divine
when we
climb
the nearest
mountain?

That what was holy
was far away —
beyond
our reach;
utterly
unapproachable?

Was it a story
meant to comfort
and encourage,
or was it
devised
to deceive?

There were surely those
who knew
it wasn’t
true;
did they smirk
or did they cry?

Did they wish
for a celestial
Someone
that they
had sought
but never found?

Or was it invented
with fiendish purpose
to command
and control
those others
far beneath them?

Was it a tale
to tame
the many,
and maintain
their own
lofty rank?

Perhaps there were those
who stared skyward
in holy terror
afraid that God
might set His (massive) foot
down upon the earth;

It’s possible,
I suppose;
but strange
and sad,
that people would fear
the Giver of Life.

Sadder still
is the faith
of modern scoffers
that this fable
represents
what we believe;

a straw man
easy to construct,
easier still
to mock
and knock
right down.

Turning the tables,
now God is on the bottom
and humankind
rises
to claim a position
far above.

Wait a minute!
I’ve read about this;
about an edifice *
of ego and hubris
built to reach
beyond the clouds….

and when they finished
their mighty building
they discovered
to their dismay,
God wasn’t “up there,”
and could not be overthrown.

The Divine center is everywhere,
its circumference nowhere —
limitless,
abundant, extravagant,
far beyond
what humankind can fully know.

   

Help us, Holy One, to believe — not in fairy tales,
but in Your grace-filled Promise.
Open our hearts so we may know and proclaim
Your goodness,
Your love,
and Your Presence
right here, where we are.
Amen.

   

* Yes, this is a different interpretation of the Tower of Babel.

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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