Dear Yin Weaver,
Here's today's Crown Chakra story question. Take a few minutes to share your memories here.
Think of your earliest experience of prayer – who taught you to pray – who explained what God is or isn’t.
Hmmm. My earliest memories of praying are being tucked into bed by my mother and taught to recite, "Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." That prayer worried me a lot. I can remember asking my mother what the chances were of--you know--dying before I woke.
Who explained God to me? I have a memory from when I was five years old. I was running around the back yard playing tag with the neighbors and my brothers. Suddenly, for reasons I can't begin to explain, I ran into the house and plowed into my mother's knee (she was having coffee with a friend), with this question burning to be asked, "What's the difference between omniscience and omnipresent?" My mother paused a moment and then said, "Well, omniscience means God knows everything. Omnipresent means God is everywhere." As she spoke these words I had a vivid image in my mind's eye of the world being a neat patchwork quilt of homes next to which stood all the moms, dads and children. Over each head a tiny candle flame was burning. God was everywhere. God knew everyone. Made perfect sense to me, and thus satisfied with my impromptu theology lesson, I raced back outside for another game of tag.
Update: Willie Geist (Day 317)
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