Down and Deep
Christian language seems to love UP, rising, lift up your hearts. I want more DOWN. I love my higher power, but I want a deeper power. What's the difference, up or down? From the sea I have learned to love the down. From my own female body I have come to cherish the dark and deep.
Many hymns and prayers still assume we live on a flat earth. Praise God above ye heavenly hosts. God on high. Hosanna in the highest. So quaint and so wrong.
God and God's creation are more deep than high. Deep oceans of course but also deep space. I mean deep deep deep. I don't think deep space ever ends. If God is everywhere, then God is deep.
I prefer people who are deep, wise, profound (literally, deep) to people who are high, and mighty. Wisdom looks down, not up.
My new fav book is "Blue Planet, Blue God," a study of the ocean in the Bible, by two Cambridge UK profs, Bible and oceanography. They reminded me that creation stories are not just in Genesis but in Job: “Have you entered into the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?” God asks Job. In September I will go the UK for a conference led by these two. I think they are my soul mates, loving all things wet and deep, as God does.
"They tried to bury us - they didn't know we were seeds." The ocean and my deep dark body teach me that we are seeds, God waits and ferments, foments in the dark. Growth is hidden. Yes, we need light but no growth happens without dark depth.
"Lift up your hearts" - "Let your living heart beat deep within you."
"As Christ rose" - "As Christ dove deep."
"Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing his wings"- "Depth and dark with all Christ brings, deep dark healing in his fins.”
“Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest.