As long as black remains the opposite of white, the left is the enemy of the right, down is the reverse goal of up, the earth is kept separate from the heavens, matter is considered less than the spirit—
we continue to imply a value judgment which at some point will equalize itself by reversal or
by transcendence. Transcendence is the only creative and healing solution.
¶As we struggle to bring together opposites and find the tension point at the center, we find that place to be both painful and joyous. It is a difficult place to meet, but the marriage of opposites brings to birth what is new and greater than the sum of its parts. Here, we touch the Sacred.
The Sacred is touched and touches us at that painfully joyful moment when opposites unite, exchange the gift of their uniqueness, conceive and bring for the new, the Sacred…
Between the dark and the light, between black and white, is not gray.
Transcended, they create a rainbow.
Gertrud Mueller Nelson, To Dance with God

To transcend both light and darkness, both joy and pain, both destruction and healing – perhaps that is why we are born, why we live and ultimately why we die. Great and not so great thinkers and ponderers alike have considered this question since the dawn of time. Why was I born? Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?

As I grow older in terms of physical age as well as in faith, I am coming to believe we – mankind – are here on this earth, this planet, this blue marble in the universe to learn to balance opposites. God is the perfect balance of opposites – good and evil, light and dark, pain and joy. When He created Adam and Eve, He created them in imperfect balance, wanting them to want to be balanced as He is; wanting them to love Him because He is, not because of what He is willing to do or not do for them; needing them to love Him in spite of what happened to them.

Perhaps for that reason He allowed the serpent into the Garden to tempt them, to place before them a test not to see if they would pass or fail because He already knew they would fail. Perhaps to let them see and learn what the wrong choice will do to them He allowed them to experience the “Fall of Man.”

I don’t know – I am not God and therefore do not understand why what happens happens; all I know for sure is that no matter what happens, no matter how painful, how dark, how joyless an experience is, God can be found in it somewhere, only if I am willing to look.


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