Saturday, September 29, 2012
On saying "goodbye"
The morning sun
filters through the trees
The winds of the past evening
leaving a carpet of pine needles
and a eerie stillness
It is a time for saying goodbye
earth to earth
dust to dust
ashes to ashes
today my friends
will gently rest
in the embrace of cool earth
Sometimes in these moments of goodbye
where God was
where God is
in all of this
Is God indifferent?
Why does God allow us these moments
of emptiness and loss?
Is there something wrong with God?
or is there something we can't see?
How do we transform such moments?
There is a story about the Buddha
of a time a title wave of slush
roared down a mountain and wiped out many families
The Buddha stood and watched, then slowly walked off
"What the average person did not see was
that all those souls dove headfirst into him.
He mixed them in his being. They ran through
his veins shouting with joy" (Hafiz)
Ah yes, my friends
There is much we do not see
We are too full of our own pain
Our own wishes and desires
God has said, "I am with you always"
I plan to take that to the bank
To rejoice in my friend Scott "shouting with joy"
and perhaps pulling out his guitar
and saying to those around him....
Have you heard this one from the 70's?