I recently read a book that gave me good pause, perspective and hope for the building of wonderful bridges between hearts. It’s called “Seeking Jordan” by Dr. Matthew McKay (www.newworldlibrary.com). It reveals how deep love can bridge dimensions.
After his son Jordan was murdered, Dr. McKay and his wife Jude were desperate to connect with him if at all possible. They worked hard and tried many things in an effort to do so. Being a clinical psychologist, Dr. McKay was very skeptical. Doubt remained an issue even to the end of the book. But after reading it, there is no doubt in my mind that they have made contact and are continuing a new form of relationship.
Through Dr. McKay, Jordan says that “We do not see god because all of consciousness is god. And we are each little parts of it” (p. 65). This is in keeping with the image of God as The Great I AM (Exodus 3:14) and Acts 17:28 “in God we live and move and have our being.” As we open to God through images like those, I too have found the possibilities to be endless and wonderful.
The way I would explain what happened for Dr. McKay and Jordan is that when we actively value and adore each other, it opens the door for the Holy Spirit aspect of God to move between us creatively. Trusting a committed and loving yet open process involving things like meditation and dream work allows God to build bridges between us as The Great Weaver (a Native American, feminine image of God that I like a lot). This expands the kingdom of heaven both in this world and the next, revealing that they are meant to work together through love. In addition to the Bible stories of God working through angels and ancestors, Jesus talked about this as the Holy Spirit creating homes – dwelling places – in us, around us and between us (John 14-15). While Dr. McKay does not use biblical language like that, I think that he and I could have a very good conversation with much agreement on the nature of the beautiful thing that has happened for his family.
Jordan talks about how being aware of our heavenly home enables us to rise above fear of survival and share love. He says, “The core experience, when we know where we come from, is interest, a watchful waiting for the moments when we can express purpose or show love” (p. 109). That’s an excellent way to describe the ground, goal and mindful nature of the rest that works.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. For one thing, it beckons Christians to expand in healthy ways, and that’s a good thing. In many forms of Christianity, the operative image of God, the Holy Spirit and how things really work is still way too small. No matter whether or not you’re a Christian, this book beckons us to an ever-growing adventure in God made possible by truly seeking to love deeply and beautifully forever.
Thanks for journeying together and more power to you in your adventure with God and others.