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The Cosmic Dance – A Reflection and Prayer

January 16, 2021
An icon from a series created by Marcy Hall of Rabbit Room Arts (https://www.etsy.com/shop/RabbitRoomArts?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=262201491) for Christine Valters Paintner and the Abbey of the Arts.

A very special thank you to my dear friend and brother Paul Pynkoski for sharing this quote and picture today. As we approach the commemoration of the birthday of the Rev, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and the inauguration of our new President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris threats of violence and hate continue to surface. We need courage, hope, peace, and light as we face these difficult times with them. I share these words of hope from Thomas Merton.

For the world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast. The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity and despair. But it does not matter much, because no despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed, we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not.
Yet the very fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.
(New Seeds of Contemplation, p.297)

May we join in the beauty of the Cosmic Dance as we work for Justice and Peace. May we do the work the Prophet Micah calls us to: Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly with God! (Micah 6:8)

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