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I keep returning to the Mormon Stories podcast where Fowler's stages of faith are laid out and discussed and put into a Mormon perspective. It's a concept I keep returning to and assessing where I am in my own spiritual journey. (I would say I'm about a 3.5...or maybe more of a 4 minus .5) All I know is I am questioning things I have never *really* questioned before. Questions are good I think...answers come from questions. Great spiritual leaders became great spiritual leaders by asking questions. I think it is a sin to be here on the earth and be blithely uncurious as to the divine.

I also keep thinking about an off the cuff humorous comment my machinist uncle made. "Someday when we know how God put all this (the universe) together, in some remote corner, we're going to find a shim."

"Shim: A thin, often tapered piece of material, such as wood, stone, or metal, used to fill gaps, make something level, or adjust something to fit properly."

I have found much humor in the comment to the point I've been mulling if I can get a story around the concept. What exactly is God's shim? What if it was a person? What would that mean for the person? Would they know they are a shim. What if it's a concept? What exactly is it that fills in the chinks in the universe?

Today in Relief Society we touched briefly on the purpose of life and the three main questions people ask:

Where did we come from?
Why are we here?
Where are we going?

We also talked a bit about the answers to those questions in conformity with my Mormon tradition: Short version, we lived with God before, we came to Earth to obtain bodies and be tested to see if we would choose good or evil, when we die we are partially judged and await the final judgement where we will be assigned our degree of glory.
Christ is the mediator to help us overcome death and sin.

I like it, it all makes sense, it's elegant, it's succinct. Most imporatnatly it speaks to my soul.

Then there are nagging little details...what about this situation? What about that? What about if this prophet said this and then that prophet said that? How come this never gets discussed? Little chinks...little gaps in the construction.

And like all things constructed, if you don't fill those little cracks and make sure the seams line up, eventually they will come apart and topple.

I cheerfully acknowledge that my knowledge is finite and limited and I don't think we have all the answers whether the questions pertain to science OR religion and where we might perceive gaps are merely information we yet require. Just because we perceive a gap or a flaw in the universal logic of faith...doesn't mean that it actually exists.

But I am contemplating the shim of the universe. I am pondering that perhaps it is one's own personal relationship with Diety however one understands it to be that is the shim.

Our personal relationship with God...holds the plan...holds the universe together...

I shall ponder on this more.


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Jan. 15th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
"What exactly is God's shim?"
I don't have a rationale, it was just a gestalt flippant answer.
I can, however, backstory it to if human nature were better, there would have been no fall even with free will and therefore forgiveness would have been unnecessary.
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
I go back and forth between "I need to fully understand" to "I don't care how it works, just that it does".

Oddly, this is the same way I feel about most technology.
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Facile answers off the top of my head: we, each of us, is a shim; the Holy Ghost is a shim.

Joseph once said something like, "Whatever God says to do at a given time is the right thing to do. He can say, 'Thou shalt not kill,' and then say 'Slay them all,' and both are correct depending on the situation." (Bad paraphrase, but gets the point.)
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
AA requires everyone to find their own God. I think this points to psychology and thinking back on our individual pasts to find _the_ ah-ha moment in your life when clarity reigned and that epiphany catalyzed your personal relationship and understanding with God.
Jan. 16th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think faith (in the Lord Jesus Christ) is either the foundation or the shim. Without it everything tumbles down. President Hinckley recently stated that all the members need to practice more faith.
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Morgan, I don't know if you'll read this, since you only allow friend comments, and have zero (join the club http://www.ludwigsghost.com/blog), I hope Jett doesn't mind if I reply here. It's sudden blind suckage into the giant trashcan of the internet would be neither unexpected or unwelcome :(

I would love to know your thoughts on: how does everything tumble down without faith, what it means to tumble, and where exactly down is?

And one comment on your post, Miss:
>> either the foundation or the shim

An unwritten rule of authoring is 1:2, 1:3, a:b although I read shim = 4, foundation = 3, perhaps a higher brow rewrite, if shim is now in your venacular, would be, ". . . either the shim or the foundation"
Jan. 21st, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
In my above comments I was referring to the "wise man, foolish man" parable in Matthew 7: 24-27 or Luke 6:46-49.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
Matt & Luke did have some good thoughts. Any originals in your head?
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