Belonging

I belong to you and you belong to me not because of the social construct of race, the social coloring of my skin, the size of my nose or lips, the shape of my eyes or the texture of my hair.  I belong to you and you belong to me not because of a shared culture, its language and traditions.  I belong to you and you belong to me not because we grew up or live in the same neighborhood, attended the same school, share a profession, economic status or political affiliation.  But, we belong together because of something more, something deeper, something long- lasting.

These things will return to the earth.  These things are the dust of life.  There is life after these things.  There is no eternal life in these things, these parts that separate us, that prevents us from connecting.

You will not find me here and I will not find you there in that racialized/ cultural/ economic/ political body.  It is because we are something more, something deeper, something long- lasting, more than the dust of life.

I belong to you and you belong to me because we belong to God.  And we are found completely in God and with God.  There is nothing of our true ourselves that can or must be left out.  But there is room for us, both you and me, with God.  There is no competing space here.

We are many and yet one, coming together to form a single image: the Creator’s as God’s face is no mirror upon which we can look upon to compare.  We are fit together to form one body: Christ’s.  We are all members.  We are of one spirit and it is holy.  We are holy not because of this body but because our God is holy.  This is how we belong and where we belong.

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