I hear and behold God in every object,
yet understand God not in the least.
~ Walt Whitman* 1819-1892
Where do you discover God in your life ~ in the woods, on a river, in the mountains, in the living room, on the highway, in church? Have you ever experienced a moment when you were certain you understood God? Have you ever worried that you haven’t had a moment where you understood God, or that you don’t know where to find God? Or, perhaps you don't want to find God. But for those of us who do...
Almighty, Mystical, Divinity,
When I was a child, You were in every room, every sunrise, every blade of grass, inside, outside, and all over; and, I understood You, or at least the wonder of You and, who I was to You. And then I grew up - sort of. Where did You go? Some days it's a struggle to find You anywhere and I'm more uncertain of You than ever. Oh, wait, maybe I'm the one who went...hmmm...SO...for today I'll give up trying to find You anywhere else but here because everywhere I am is here. I'll take on accepting that You are a mystery that doesn't need to be deciphered or comprehended. Lent is good time for me to remember which one of us wandered away and to return, again. I'll pray little thanksgivings as I move through the day and the world around me because You are always here and I truly don't need to know why. amen.
Stop. Sit. Breathe.
On an inhale: Be Still and Know that I am God
On an exhale: Be still and know that I am
Inhale: Be still and know
Exhale: Be still
Stop, sit, breathe, and be… (above phrasing is from Psalm 46:10)
*Walt Whitman is an icon of American poetry, especially for his Leaves of Grass written and revised over nearly 40 years. Also an essayist, journalist, and humanist, Whitman believed that all religions were equal and although he remained a religious skeptic, he did believe that the human soul is immortal and always in a state of progression. A fascinating person, his biography is too extensive for this space but well worth the exploration. He continues to be one of the most influential American poets.
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