Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wonder for Liberation

As we prepare for Passover with our neighbors, family and friends, let's pause for a moment to think on the wonder of Passover, for the wonderment wends throughout the story of a people's liberation.

There is the sense of wonder in life that lead two midwives to defy a terrible law and spirit endangered children to safety. Like rescuers of every age, they did right when common sense was to do wrong, making a way when there was no way. Could they have done this without a stronger sense of awe for the Breath of Life than of awe for their enslavers? When the terrible law was passed, demanding midwives slaughter the male children they helped deliver, two of the many midwives that there must have been for the many slaves, make a different choice in the freedom of their hearts. How can we not be amazed at their choice and hope that we would be able to make the same? Are we in fact, living with the kind of awe for the Breath of Life that helps us resist terrible laws that hurt and endanger people?

There is Moses, saved from a killing law, a murderer, a person with a speech disability, in exile himself caught up in wonder at the burning bush, discovering his calling of how he will help free his people. Common sense would tell us that Aaron, the brother who is a better public speaker, the brother who hasn't killed anyone, the brother raised with the slaves in hiding and not raised by the masters, is the one who is in the best position to lead the people to freedom. But Moses, out of this profound experience of reverence and awe, is the wonder bearer and thus the opener of the way of freedom. Yes, those of us living with disabilities, who are experience at having to live creatively every day to claim ourselves and our freedom are wonder bearers, openers of the way of freedom. Yes, those of us who know exile and the struggle to know who we are and how we are called to live no matter where we are, who know what it is to be strangers and to meet new life and love wherever we are driven, are wonder bearers, openers of the way of freedom. Yes, those of us who have made terrible choices in terrible circumstances and yet keep seeking a better and a different path, can we wonder bearers, and openers of the way of freedom. Moses' story reminds us of the holy possibilities we belong to, even in our  challenges, losses, and struggle.

The journey out of enslavement is full of wonders and the courage the people act on out of their state of awe. When we are chained by our fears, our weariness, and our expectations of what's sensible, we struggle to act as free people, to live courageously and boldly, to make choices and changes that risk what we know and send us into the unknown. We need deep reverence, wonderment, for that. For in that wonderment we learn trust, we open the ways of creativity and hopeful possibilities.

This Friday night Passover begins. As we tell the story of liberation, let each of us in every generation, open our hearts to the wonderment that underlies and drives that story of liberation. Let each of us find that wonderment here and now in our lives, and discover what a difference it can make, through the narrowed places of lives into freedom.

1 comment:

  1. Keep up the great work, your writing just gets better and better.


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