Vapor: A Meditation on Life, God, and Discipleship

Before you read this post, it is important to listen to the Liturgists’ Vapor liturgy, which served as the basis of this pondering, here:

http://theliturgists.bandcamp.com/album/vapor

The average human can survive over three weeks with no food. Water, on the other hand, makes up 65% of our body and we would die within 3 days without it. Meaning that water is essentially the very essence of our being. It keeps us alive, even more so than food.

Now vapor, on the other hand, can destroy our bodies. Humidity is the measure of water vapor in the air. The higher the humidity, the less our perspiration evaporates, the less effective it is in cooling us down, therefore causing our body to expel more and more liquids in an attempt to cool our bodies down, which can lead to dehydration.

In other words, the more vapor that surrounds you, the more water you will need in order to survive.

The Book of Ecclesiastes refers to the physical world as vapor. Meaningless. On a deeper level, dangerous. Many of the things we desire are vapor.

In the Book of John, Jesus refers to Himself as the Living Water. The very essence of our being; the core of who we are. He keeps us alive.

So, we should remember that, yes, the world is vapor, it is meaningless in the end, but it is also dangerous. The more and more vapor that enters our atmosphere, the more Water we need to drink to survive. While we can avoid the vapor in the conditioned air of the Church, we have to come to grips with the fact that we have a duty to trudge along in this humidity with others. Why should we enjoy the fresh air alone? Why wouldn’t you want to share it with others and appease their suffering?

So, go, into the humidity of life, and grab all of the fellow weary travelers you can. But, remember to bring plenty of Water… We all need it, after all.

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