Saturday, August 25, 2012

There is a time to be born...

It's hard to believe that I will turn 47 yrs old at approximately 8:03 tomorrow, to be exact. Wow! 

Seems I was just 20, or 30, or even 40; where do the decades go? I have been blessed richly in this life, as much, if not more, by the hardships, as the good times. Many folks have come and gone in my life. I am the richer for it.

Even though I am a graduate student, I know far less now than at 20, when I thought I knew everything! My greatest prayer is gratitude; a simple "Thank you" to God for each day, each moment, spent wisely or not--for all things can teach if allowed.

I have learned not to take life so seriously or be as concerned with what others think.  Oh, I have my moments where I do, but they are less and less now. 

We only have so much time on this earth. The older I get, the more I am aware of this. My prayer is to spend it wisely dancing in the fields of the Lord. Let my whole existence be an "Amen"!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Touched by Love

As I turned off Canal Street onto Roosevelt Road this morning, I started listening to Phil Collins sing "True Colors" on the radio; I lost it.  At first, I thought about all the bullied kids who took their life after years of abuse.  Damn near ran off the road.

As I crested the hill on Roosevelt Road, another feeling hit me.  I simply loved everyone in an incredibly deep way.  I didn't see the light Merton saw, but I experienced total love: for all life, sentient and non, with no agendas, distinctions or labels. It simply was. It took me several hours to process.

Songs can inspire, but not like this. This emotion was overpowering. As soon as it hit, it was gone but a few minutes later. But I am grateful that it happened. Things like this have taken place before, but this was the most powerful. All Creation danced with the Divine in that moment; love was real.