Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Light Grows

The light glows
dim at first
then glowing, growing
bringing with it the beauty
of snow
 kissed lightly with fire
and rocks
wild and majestic
casting dark mysteries
upon the innocent white

impressions at first
speckled sparkling wraiths
slowly becoming domesticated
as the light grows
bringing definition
a new beauty

a metamorphasis of shape and color

yet still a wonder,
still a mystery

and so it is with you
and I
and life

I have been learning, sometimes the hard way, that life, and growth, even joy are a process.  A process that happens as we become open.  Open to the things we fear, open to our own dark corners, but also open to the love of others, and above all the love of God.

It is a process that involves letting the light of God's love shine.. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

When God's love shines, we see things more clearly.  Some of what we see is beautiful.  Some, we not beautiful at all.  But the point is we begin to see.  And accept - not just parts of ourselves - but our whole selves.

This can be a mixed blessing.  Wayne Muller in his book "How Then, Shall We Live" talks about how being open to the wholeness of who we are can be complex, and powerful.  "We being to feel how love and hurt often arise together.  People who love us are the same people who hurt us.  When our heart opens in love, whatever is embedded in the heart will also spill out.  The love that opens our heart will open whatever sadness we have carried for a lifetime."  

But in the end - this is how we learn to really live
And really "be"
This is how we find definition, clarity, a new beauty
And become God's "new creations"

Am I good at this?
Absolutely -   not    But I am learning :)
Blessings!  Stephen

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