How does God keep peace with himself?

Tea for Three

As God meets for tea in the morning as usual, she didn’t shake hands as usual. She bowed to the others – and caused big surprise.

A: “What’s that supposed to mean? You don’t have to belittle yourself in front of me.”

B: “I am feeling honoured. More of it, please.”

C: “You are reacting very different.”

B: “It feels good. I am feeling more than just seen. As you are bowing, I feel respect. (I am rediscovering myself – and also you.) You can bow that something in me can be raised and grow. That makes me great – and you for me, too.”

C: “I am really pleased. I haven’t felt small at all, to the contrary. And I have seen you in another way after the bow. There was rising something new, something connecting between us.

And you? What did you have experienced as unpleasant?”

A: “I argue with you with pleasure – face to face. Until one of us wins – and the other one casts down her eyes. If you are bowing promptly, you are taking the wind out of my sails. But as you look at me now, I guess that there will be more than only victory or defeat on different opinions. You are respecting me, as counterpart. There is more space between us, both for differences and things in common.”

B: “Anyway, such a bow is also a risk. It can be interpreted as weakness, experienced as humiliation. What do you need to be able to bow?”

C: “The hope that there is more than the fight for appreciation at someone else’s expense. The feeling that I don’t twist myself into a pretzel as I am bowing in front of you. And the trust in you that our respect for each other is growing.”

A: “Then I will attempt it immediately – bowing, without must having fear to lose my upright walking. And to practise trust – because if we three can’t trust in each other how should we fare with the people and they with us?”

Dr. Mirjam Laaser und Philipp Elhaus