Tag: child

From the Small Beginning

Joy, life, Love
It was yesterday that I retrieved my soul at last, moved by the placid persuasion of a psalm reminding me of my rootedness in the archives of heaven In earlier times life lay ahead, a rhythm of reciting tones, a paced chant before all that somber news and facing facts and the quiet homely work of peacemaking for your sake But this morning I awoke a fading mendicant nun, reading my own rich requiem Mass, a celebration of my heart’s trove and your constant love Another heartbeat or two and I’m a whisper in your ear, just an old story of someone who birthed you now melting into the great Forever, leaving only our hallowed cord From the beginning, Son your spirit was our most profound joy, a fresh poem finely etched in old gold, holding fast to beauty and grace,

Zen Mind, Child’s Mind (An Advent Reflection)

Advent, Lectionary, Love, mind, Scripture, Spirituality
So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. (Galatians 4:7) As I read this Scripture today, I thought, "Once an adult, what does it mean to be a child again?" Paul told the Galatians that they no longer needed to hew to the Law of Moses but to follow instead their faith in Christ. To adhere to Law unquestioningly, he suggested, is to choose to remain in bondage when freedom is spread before them. He urged the Galatians to be like children who, when loved well by their parents, love wholly in turn and implicitly trust their world. To be a child in Christ makes me think of “beginner’s mind” in Zen Buddhism. Rather than walking through the world following our usual rules, unaware of our long-held preconceptions and judgments, we could simply an