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

Monday, June 15, 2020

I am here

I Am Here
In Papua New Guinea one tribal group has not word for “hello”
Instead, upon seeing someone, one simply says “You are here”
To which the answer is, “Yes I am”
How hard it is to be here
Here in this sheltering place
Here in this divided and dysfunctional country
Here in this aged wrinkled skin
Here in this mind, this heart, this soul
Padrig O’ Tauma, in his book “In the Shelter”
suggests that ‘you are here’ and ‘yes I am’
might be as good a place as any to begin in prayer
it is not that we have a choice, really, to be anywhere else than where we are
but in a way we are also in many other places in our scattered minds
Padrig notes
“We are saying to ourselves ‘I should be somewhere else’ or ‘I should be someone else’, or ‘I am not where I say I am’.
I know that place un-place
that divine discontent, and sometimes shame,
that feeling of wanting to hide unto the proverbial bushel basket
or perhaps under my bed
but this is where I am
and this is who I am
even when the Sacred is looking
and it from here that I need to start
as I walk that bridge we call prayer to the One
who is in here, out there, everywhere
that reality that is as broad as all that is, infinite and eternal
and as near as my breath, immanent, even intimate
here you are
yes I am
here I am
yes you are
just here, in this place
sheltering, not sheltering
a peace, suffering disease
hopeful, hopeless
saint and sinner
good and bad
I am here
and I am ready
for the Spirit to move
and do all that the Spirit does
I echo this day the words of the Palmist (139)
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Welcome Lord to this place to this precious soul
To this tattered soul
I am here
no hiding allowed
ready for Sacred to take me from where I really am
into Sacred newness
this day
and every day

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