I finally “got” or “realized” or “received” what the name of my blog should be—just another child of God—because to me, that speaks to who I am and how I relate to the world. I am a child of God just as you are, just as my coworkers at Caprivi Hope for Life are, just as my fellow VSO volunteers are, just as Barack Obama or Desmond Tutu or John Boehner or Robert Mugabe are. You can get all misty-eyed and “woowie” when you think “oh, I am a child of God” but for me it is much more down-to-earth than that. I’m just another child of God. A background fact. Part of the reality of our lives. It is both something very profound, which can at times be very moving to remember or recognize and something simple, basic, in a sense “no big deal.” That’s just the way it is.
(BTW, feel free to substitute Allah, the Universe, Brahmin, Humanity or whatever word speaks more deeply to you than God).
And being just another child of God places us squarely in the midst of this world as just another part of God’s creation. No more, no less, no better and no worse. We have our place here, which comes with its responsibilities and power. But we are no more part of God’s creation than a baobab tree or a cow or a sweet potato or a rose or the ocean or a rock.
So, this blog is the reflections, observations, ideas, and perspectives of this incarnation of God’s creation, this set of eyes, this human animal on the planet in this time.
Just another child of God.