Welcome to the new website and blog!
I hope that you will take the opportunity to simply sit and listen to the song that opens with the home-page -- Simple Gifts sung by Allison Krause accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma. Doesn't sound like it would take much effort, does it?
But I'm already experiencing how counter-cultural it can feel to actually sit long enough to listen to the whole song. (It takes 2 minutes and 34 seconds). It can be hard to sit that long. The pragmatist in me wants to get going. He's at the computer. He's ready to go. He does not yet fully appreciate, value and want to integrate all of this spiritual stuff in how I actually live my life. He thinks it should be relegated to worship and prayer time, not daily life.
So as I sit at the computer, I tell myself to relax and take some time to get perspective. I remind myself of how I want to settle in with the unforced rhythms of grace giving me life in God's Love. I can hear the pragmatist in me saying, "Yeah, sure, of course" but it is only as that part of me truly allows, rests and listens that the desired shift happens. It is only as the feeling of loving starts moving that all parts of me truly recognize how important and priceless loving is as an active movement of spirit. It's a holy, healing spirit born of The Holy Spirit. It is the Breath of the Living God within us. It even makes the pragmatist in me feel better as he settles down and realizes the mystical power of Love. We want that Spirit of God's Love to be as alive and active in us as much as possible.
The song says it well: "to turn, turn will be our delight, 'till by turning, turning we come out right"
Trust in God and work. Rest in the Creative Love giving you life and work from there. See how the two are connected and how working with the Creative Forces of the Living God always works best. As that becomes clearer and clearer, life does too.
Thanks for journeying together. Let me invite you to sit and listen to the song Simple Gifts whenever you come to the site (or at least whenever you feel any desire to settle down and move with love). Take some time to open to the God of Love who beckons us through it and a million other things. I think that I am going to make it my practice to do so at least once a day for awhile, simply to invite the pragmatist in me to know he's loved and wanted not just to produce but to feel safe and wanted before any performance. Then it's even more fun to create out of love.
More power to you in developing or improving your relationship with God and others along the lines of the rest that works.
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