Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fluid Embrace






















The early morning sun rises above the lake and its brilliant rays pierce the water as if it could enter into it, become buried deep beneath the blue. The lake luxuriates in the warmth of the sun. It shimmers and glows while the reflection of the sun on the water spreads and grows. As if I were witnessing a private love affair between the sun and the water, it is painful for me to watch. The lake becomes so bright with the penetration of the sun's beams that it hurts my eyes and I look away as if I were embarrassed to be here witnessing the intimate love shared between the elements of nature.

When I dare to look again, I see that the reflection on the lake is spreading towards me at a rapid pace, almost as if the sun's light is running toward me. What a glorious feeling! I am not an outsider but have become part of the family of nature. The lake has brought the sun to me, and it is patiently waiting for me just beyond the shore. Humanity and nature are connected in God's loving embrace. There is no shame in this love, only joy. I can hear God's voice inviting me to enter into the still and peaceful lake and become one with nature and one with God. I wordlessly enter the quiet waters and am refreshed in this gift of beauty from the creator of all living things. He holds me in a warm, fluid embrace and I can feel His love completely surround me in the swirling waters of life.

12 comments:

  1. Hi Anne,
    What a beautiful analogy! :)

    Have a wonderful week,
    Love and blessings, Jillian ♥

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  2. This is so very beautiful. Thank you for posting it, Anne, and may God bless you.

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  3. Anne,
    This is beautiful. it reminded me of my early morning walks along the beach during my retreat last year. Glad you liked the St Anselm link.

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  4. Dear Anne,

    I'm so glad each time I re-discover others who find a sermon in the beauty of God's creation. He is so wonderful - pouring out his graces at every opportunity (if only we'd open our eyes to see it).

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  5. Big and small, the Lord God made them all. and we don't often enough take the time to meditate on the beauty as God's gift to us. a lovely post.

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  6. Anne,
    I read and thought about your post about "how much church do you need" and your husband's request that you spend more time with him and the kids, less time at church. (I can't find the post now, so I'm just adding a little comment here. Hope that is OK.) I think the person who suggested to you that you abstain from "extra" church (beyond Sunday) and extra prayer meetings etc. and abstain from extra reading and writing had a good point. Sometimes, to really hear God's voice, we have to back away from all the Do-ing and return to what He has called us to be. He has called you to be a wife and a mother as your first and most precious vocation in His plan for the world. Some time to BE in those roles and to listen for God's life in your family may help all of you experience God's joy (Was it Augustine who said Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God). Many many years ago I read a wise comment to the effect that when we fill our time and our minds with others' words and sounds (even prayers and liturgies and blogs) we can no longer distinguish God's voice.

    In any case, Peace to you in your journey, and blessings of peace and grace to your family as they journey with you.

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  7. Brilliant! I especially loved this:

    As if I were witnessing a private love affair between the sun and the water, it is painful for me to watch. The lake becomes so bright with the penetration of the sun's beams that it hurts my eyes and I look away as if I were embarrassed to be here witnessing the intimate love shared between the elements of nature.

    Nature just took on a whole new meaning!

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  8. A beautiful short story! Well done! I found myself there. k

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  9. 4/22/10 Thinking about you Anne and stopped to say so, and to say that I'm holding you closely in prayer. With love, aspiring...

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  10. I enjoyed your blog. Very insightful
    Here's one you might appreciate
    God Bless, bob West
    http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/04/line-upon-line.html

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    www.thecatholicmomsmentor.blogspot.com

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