The Comma

When I was at Epiphany, I had a revelation. I told it to Christine and told her to run with it, no credit to me because all preachers help each other. She hasn’t used it, so I’m stealing it back. We have to talk about the comma, people, because I think we’re screwing it up. There are hundreds of commas in the Book of Common Prayer, but this one knocked me on my ass (which was pretty easy since I was kneeling in my choir stall at the time). It’s in the Nicene Creed. When I say it, you’ll all recognize it and think, “HOLY SHITBALLS! Why didn’t I think of this before?”

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.


When I realized that I thought that pause was important, I started using it. I stopped saying the creed out loud so that I could dwell on that comma for as long as I wanted without it getting weird. That comma, to me, is the enormity of human life, because if I believe that I am God and God is me and we are all God together, then that is our purpose…. to BE all that IS, seen and unseen. Stop seeing the Grandfather in the Sky and know you are him. If you are female, you are her. Take off his robes of majesty and let God walk beside you, a humble servant in Christ Jesus, knowing that he is not struggling to be more like you.



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