I showed up at church at 7:00 for a 7:30 meeting last night (not so good at times with my calendar) and so ducked in the library to grab something to kill a half hour. It is collection of essays published in 1977 by UU minister Ralph N. Helverson, Living the Questions.
In it I found this wonderful quote: "With an upward look toward the blue sky and the vast unknown, the human spirit senses what it can never attain, and accepts with trust what it can never possess" (p. 80).
We do spiritually sense what we can never obtain--the Holy, God, the Tao, I Am, whatever we want to call it. This Power is the common center of all religions, or maybe better put, it is the source of all religions, or that to which all religions look. It is beyond words and beyond comprehension. Beyond the Earthly and the Human.
And yet, we can can have the Faith and the Trust to accept this, to accept that we will never possess It or fully understand It. For It is Unknown. It is the Light which casts the shadows in Plato's cave.
Funny how we run across these things . . . a sloppy calendar may not always be such a bad thing.