Meditation written and read by Cathy Tamsberg.
I always wonder what people mean when they say, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” I assume this means they have a sense of the Divine in their lives but aren’t fans of traditional religion as they see it in the culture. But the term religio means “rebinding.” It refers to the hunger of the human to be in union, to re-bind oneself to the One who creates. At Pullen we talk about our international partnerships as ministries of “accompaniment.” It is accompaniment that this word “religion” really refers to—our desire to be accompanied by God through the twists and turns of our lives.
One can certainly argue if that’s what religion is supposed to be, we have really screwed it up with our institutions and rules and dogma. But it’s not what religion has to be. At its best, religion’s core should be spirituality. Geoffrey Wainwright says, “Spirituality is the combination of praying and living.” Corinne Ware suggests that we are seeking a state of “recollection,” which is a continuous awareness of the Holy. Intellectual folks that we are, we talk at Pullen about “thinking theologically.” I think these all refer to the same thing—the desire to be connected to God; to see the sacred all around us; to analyze what goes on in the world in the context of a Divine one who always works through love toward justice.
One purpose of worship is to make space for this connection to happen. It is for seeking God and being found by God. As you anticipate worshipping tomorrow, consider today how you might prepare yourself to seek and be found by God wherever you are—geographically and spiritually.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.