Chaos, In Theory

Sassy and resilient,ingenious and wry, we mortals are quirky and whimsical. Life is too goofy not to be. This is not to say life isn't serious. It is. So, what to do?  "Forget your perfect offering; there is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."   Cracks.  St. Paul called us 'cracked pots,' (okay, he was slightly more poetic but that's the literal translation). We're not perfect and we're not going to be. Chaos. It's what we get for being who we are. Chaos, in theory, is a good thing even though it can break us and break into our lives in messy ways.

We make lists, we make plans, we make just about anything to avoid chaos. But chaos can also inspire new responses to old messes, old problems. That's how the light gets in.

"There is a crack in everything."  Even us.  I don't recommend getting hit in the head but it worked for me. Opened things up eventually and made me forget all about being perfect. I was all about being perfect - or trying to be. Fat chance. I discovered that, with a crack in my armor, as a cracked pot, I could still give and be creative and find God's purposes for my life. I'm so glad. That's how the light gets in.

I hope you find it possible to embrace the crack pot that you are -- God sure does -- and that an abundance of light floods in to your life this week and fills you with the sureness of God's grace. And I hope you find how God's creative chaos is at work creating and giving to the world through you.  That's how the light gets in.

(Thanks to Leonard Cohen for the words in quotations.)

Jan Erickson-Pearson

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