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The Cosmic Dance – Thomas Merton

May 15, 2019

I have been thinking about Thomas Merton a lot lately. I picked up the book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Visual World of Thomas Merton a month or so ago and have been reading and reflecting on his photography. A while back I read his book, Peace in the Post-Christian Era and, as is usual for Merton, he stirred my soul!

Today I made time to walk our church grounds. A group of volunteers from our church had been clearing pine needles, dead limbs, and debris from the Meditation Trail and our Columbarium and Outdoor Chapel. In addition to the deep contemplation of what is going on in the world, I also spent time simply soaking in God’s creation and creating space for the Spirit to speak.

In a world of serious hatred and animosity… where fear-mongering is a daily, hourly, even every minute reality… even in that world I believe the Spirit calls us to pause… to simply Be Still… and to listen.

As Merton said in his book, New Seeds of Contemplation:

“What is serious to human beings is often trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as ‘play’ is perhaps what God takes most seriously. God plays…in the garden of creation, and, if we could let go of our obsessions with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear God’s call and follow God in God’s mysterious, cosmic dance.”

Perhaps in that stillness and that dance, we can find the answers for all of the darkness and scariness in this world… perhaps in that stillness we can find common ground upon which to build relationships with strangers and those we disagree with… perhaps in that cosmic dance, we can find and embrace peace and one another…

From my lips to God’s ear… let us pray… Dona Nobis Pacem et in Terra… Grant Us Peace on Earth ❤️❤️

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