Texting Jesus

One day the autocorrect on my phone decided I needed to get in touch with Jesus instead of my friend Jessica. Simple as that, “To: Jesus,” right there on the screen. What if I could text the Son of God? What would I say?

In all honesty, my first thought was to ask for stuff, maybe lots of stuff. After all, this is a direct connection to the Almighty, and listing our desires is the first form of prayer most of us are taught. Plus, you know, a new dining table would be nice.

But maybe I could do better; maybe we could have a deeper, more meaningful exchange. “Thank you” seemed like an appropriate choice. A little vague perhaps, but there are infinite options for what to say next and nothing opens up a connection like gratitude.

Then I wondered what Jesus would want to receive in a text. What would make his face light up with joy when his phone binged at him? And while we’re at it, what’s his ringtone?

I decided Jesus wouldn’t care what the words said—he’d just be glad that I got in touch. The Divine wants nothing more than to be intimate with us. It’s just waiting for us to wake up to its presence already permeating our lives and shoot off a quick “OMG!”

Jesus would love for us to be as constantly attuned and attentive to the movement of God in our lives as we are to our phones. Just imagine if we checked in with our connection to Spirit as often as we check our messages. I am always conscious of where my phone is. What if I were equally conscious of where my attention is and whether it is focused on growing in unity God?

If we were that tuned in, we might just get a text message from Jesus.

Note: The blog and I will be on vacation next week.

3 thoughts on “Texting Jesus

  1. Thanks, Rachel. A question comes to mind: What does it look/feel like, to check in with our connection to Spirit? If I was with you at the time, would I be able to tell you were doing that?

  2. Jim Finley’s assertion that our God is a God that helps us with nothing, but sustains us through everything with His love is an ongoing source of reflection for me. This perspective doesn’t accord with the conventional idea of a God that responds to intercessory prayer and therefore flies in the face of what most believers embrace in their understanding of tradition. It is an enigmatic perspective – why would an unconditionally loving God not offer help – it is paradoxical, like a Zen koan. I also believe it to be true, to the extent that I can grasp this truth that Jim has often related.

    I modified my meditation practice not too long ago, incorporating the use of a mantra. John Main’s writings (the Benedictine monk who is to Christian meditation what John Keating is to Centering Prayer) led me to try this. I am finding it increasingly valuable and supportive of my contemplative practice.
    John Main traces the use of a mantra back to the writings and practices of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, as well as to the Cloud of Unknowing. The mantra he recommends is “Maranatha” an Aramaic word that occurs in the New Testament and means “Lord come”. Main emphasizes that this practice is a path to the cultivation of the continuous prayer that St. Paul advocates when he writes “pray without ceasing”.
    I’m encouraged by Main’s assertion that this ideal of practice and experience – a state of continuous prayer – is indeed attainable.

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