I want to tell you a little story about TLS.
When I first started this site last year it was called davidhayward.ca. I Imagined myself providing resources for people transitioning spiritually. Our own Ashley Clift Jennings helped me design the site and helped me start to focus on what it was about. She strongly suggested that I move the site away from my name to a more community type of site. We will always be indebted to her for her priceless help in pushing this boat from shore. Thanks Ash! You rock!
I was put in touch with an expert branding guy, Pat Camozzi of Whatbox Digital Design. He’s also a member of TLS. And he’s brilliant. His help and guidance was worth every dollar. He pulled me through some impossible keyholes to figure out what this site was about. He also came up with the name The Lasting Supper and the motto, “Help Yourself!”. Amazing. Thanks Pat!
Once in a while Pat will email me with, “You need to watch this!” or “You need to read this!” or “You need to think about this!”. Recently he told me he found a book in his library, a best-seller from the 70s, that I needed to read. He sent it to me. I wondered what it was. I wondered if it might be Richard Bach’s “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull”. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive. What he sent was Richard Bach’s, “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”. Pretty darn close! And pretty darn weird. I laughed and asked him if I was a reluctant Messiah. He said just read the book. There might be something in it that may help me.
It is a strange and addicting story. It is about how we, as human beings, continually look outside of ourselves for help. But the reality is, the truth is, it is within us. It is all about spiritual independence. Something most people are unaware of. Something most people are unwilling and afraid to embrace.
One mysterious little sentence of Jesus in the gospels sheds light on it. We don’t know what to do with this verse because it flies in the face of the church’s and its theology’s stranglehold on our spirits. For most people, our religious upbringing denies this simple, truthful saying of Jesus.
He said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”
I now know this to be true. Do you?