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Topic: White (10/29/09)
By Virginia MacIsaac
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If you fell to earth, you, a piece broken from a snowflake, would you be white? How long would you be white?
If an angel followed you to earth, would you look white standing beside an angel?
How many of us thnk we are white on the outside and forget that we are not as white on the inside? How many of us forget that we are all colourful on the inside?
What is it to be white? Is it to be considered holy, good, pure? Or is it to be flawless, brilliant, and clean.
Is pure white considered to be better than pure blue?
Do you rely on faith to tell you that white is good? Or can you question that?
If we try to remember this is a word; a word that has a concept attached, we will be able to question the word and the concept. This enables us to know more and to be more.
I am afraid of the word 'white' in this world of ours. I don't think the word 'white' applies to any of us on this earth as none of us are spotless. None of us are without blemish.
For a long time now, and I am over 50, for as long as I can remember, I have refused to wear white, refused to paint my walls white, refused to purchase white appliances because the burden of being white is too great. I think I am too humble, but perhaps I am too stubborn. I wore white on my wedding day, knowing that I was far from pure in body but my spiritual belief in the sacrament of marriage was so strong that I honored that part of myself. Till death do we part…What God has brought together...
My church believes in the symbolism of white garments. The key word is symbolism. White is a symbol of purity, not purity itself. Just as red is a symbol of passion. But it is not passion.
God gave us the word. And I strive to understand it.
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