Thursday, December 12, 2019


Dear All Of Us,

A personal lesson on the partial.
Hope it will help illustrate how
      all good things are,
       AND THAT'S OK.

It was quite a few years ago.
We didn’t hit a wall and die
but we sure came to a dead end.
Glenn and I had been traveling
life’s roadways together
for a long time.
It had been a close
spiritual friendship,
a wonderful blessing.
Then our Spiritual GPS failed.
We found ourselves where
       we couldn’t be,
          quite lost,
    confused and upset. 
What was was no longer.

A spiritual friendship,
as good as it is,
just like all other
goods in life,
is ever changing,
is always limited.
That’s because
all good things are partial,
at least right now.
There's sequence and growth
into God's Fullness -
many partial goodnesses
as we grow into
God's completeness.  
A baby starts out
with mother's milk,
is weaned to
many other forms 
and intensities of nourishment
before it is ready 
for filet mignon.

Let’s put it this way.
A spiritual friendship is a lot like
traveling together in a car.
You’re trying to help each other
get somewhere, somewhere good.
At times it is euphoric.
At other times it is dreadful.
Most of the time
it is somewhere in between:
       reassuring, conflicted,
       supportive, trying, clarifying.
Always it is an up close,
       sweet to sour sweaty sharing.
Overall, for all the
limits and changes,
it is definitely a good,
but always a partial good.
At times one’s in the driver’s seat,
at other times there’s a switch off.
Sometimes it’s a matter
of speeding things up.
Other times it means
slowing things down.
Often it’s necessary
to turn a corner,
try an alternate route,
figure your way around a detour,
navigate a rough stretch of road.
The trip requires
shifting gears regularly.
Sometimes, though,
it means abandoning the car
and each getting their own Uber.
           Painfully Partial.


It’s hard to let go a good.
Most of us want to hold on to them,
partial as they always are.
Life just doesn’t play out
that way though.

Please permit me to switch
from cars to cake.
I recently had a piece of chocolate cake,
homemade the old fashioned way,
nothing from a box,
all fresh, organic ingredients.
It was the best ever chocolate cake
in the entire history of the whole world.
Then it was all gone.
Well, actually, OK !!

That’s because Goodness,
is experienced in numberless ways
as we journey through life:
people, place, food and drink,
family, nature, music,
art, science, literature -
good upon good.
grace after grace.
All of them are gift.
All of them change.
All of them limited.
All of them partial,
parts of an evolving into
To cling to one is to loss it
and miss all the rest.

To keep morphing metaphors,
         it’s like music.
We sing one beautiful note
   after another unto a
         Sacred Song.
As pure and beautiful as
each note is, we let it go
as we voice new notes,
evolving an ever fuller
tonal richness.

So it is with every
moment and motion
in our living.
They are gift and
they are partial,
part of 
       The Wholeness,
part of 
       Goodness Unlimited,
            The One 
           many name 
the Goodness in which we
and all creation grow to

Speaking of names,
Glenn isn’t his real name of course,
but he and I really are
united deep down
in God Goodness, in God Love.
Whether we will ever again
be able to ride share 
after all these years,
to travel life’s roadways 
together anew,
doesn't seem likely.
So much change and timed differences.
What is clear is, though, is that
we have been blessed to be a part
of each other’s journey to Fullness.
Neither of us clings to it.
Both of us are grateful.
Both of us are open
to the final lengths of the journey
however that gift will be given,
moment and motion
partial and evolving.

All this underscores that
our whole life
is a series of partial goods
growing to greatness:
     *a to die for chocolate cake,
     *a Soulmate,
     *a Rocky Mountain retreat,
     *befriending a migrant family,
     *the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins,
     *moments of mystical merger,
     *having a baby,
     *landing a great job
     *getting a good night’s sleep
     *paying off a student loan -
partial goods as we journey to
          Complete Good

    Patience with the partial.

      Growing to Complete.


           As we journey,
            I pray us all
        “Traveling Mercies.”
             John Frank

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