God of Green Hope is the title given to the Jesus Christ in the Message version of the Bible – See Romans 15:13*
I love this title given to Jesus, who is omnipresent, permeating the very fabric of this entire universe, upholding it and sustaining its very existence moment by moment. The universe isn’t the Eternal One, aka God to Christians, but is encompassed within the very “womb” of the I Am, who both transcends the universe, and yet is intimately immanent within it. The Eternal One does not owe existence to the universe, but the universe does owe its existence to the Eternal One, being created by the Divine Creator, Jesus (the second person within the Trinity). This is called Christian panentheism (not pantheism – the two are very different things).
This blog is my attempt at discovering and exploring the infusing presence of the Eternal One within the creation itself; an exploration of the more spiritual aspects of the landscape I inhabit and the creation I am a part of. Along the way you will discover that there is a heavy Pagan influence within this, as I journey with Pagans attempting to discern the voice of the Eternal Spirit speaking to and through them and to myself. It is a path involving love for human beings made in the image of the Divine One, deep respect and participation with the earth in the worship of the Maker. It involves deep listening, questioning and learning, being a blessing and being blessed, as well as making peace and reconciliation for the past wrongs done in the name of Jesus. The path has incredible joys, wonderful brothers and sisters along life’s journey, spiritual encounters of the positive and on the odd occasion not so positive, life, laughter and love. This is my journey, this is my calling and my choice to follow the Wild Goose’s leading. It’s not for everyone to like or approve. I only ask that if you disagree with me then pray for me. If you agree with me, pray for me. Either way, I’d value your prayers for wisdom and discernment.
I used to be a facilitator for East Midlands Forest Church, but handed that over to others when I took on my current role as a lay pioneer minister for Fresh Expressions and deanery advisor in evangelism. I am what you would call a Christian, though I prefer “follower of Jesus Christ” as so many people call themselves Christian due to them having been brought up in Christendom, but their life doesn’t speak of one following Jesus in the slightest.
Since starting this blog, I have become co-facilitator of Pleasley Forest Church (click here), Chair of the Friends of Pleasley Community Orchard (click here) and co-leader of The Bridge – what is believed to be the UK’s first physical Pagan-Christian moot, meeting at a local pub on a monthly basis.
I enjoy writing and seek to practice the presence of the Eternal One in my life, whether spoken or unspoken.
* This verse caused quite a stir amongst some Christians who saw it as an attempt to insert pagan / new age thinking into the Bible. Sadly they don’t seem to get the context of the verse, which is linked to verse 12, “There’s the root of our ancestor Jesse, breaking through the earth and growing tree tall, tall enough for everyone everywhere to see and take hope!” – a reference to Jesus Christ, thus the God of Green Hope is appropriate.