… is it not an act of worship to hold a child, and till the soil and lift a cup …

Meister Eckhart, Christian Mystic

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I have been wrestling with this question recently: How does a person stay in the joy and comfort of God’s glow in a culture that seems to show its troubles to us daily?  By troubles I mean the violence, the mental illness, the neglected young men or women, the hedonism, selfishness, division, the failure to lead, the rejection of God and faith …

This is, for me – and others, a substantial question.  Particularly so, because God never departs, no matter who “shows Him the door.”

This morning I turned to a book that my son gave me to find solace.  The book?  Love Poems from God: Twelve Scared Voices from East and West.  It contains the brief reflections of spiritual icons – Christian and Muslim.

I choose today to share with you the words of the German Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), one of history’s greatest mystics.

I offer you his words for your daily joy and comfort as he did.

To See as God Sees

It is your destiny to see as God sees, to know as God knows, to feel as God feels.

How is it possible?  How?  Because divine love cannot defy its very beauty.

Divine love will be eternally true to its own being, and its being is giving all it can, at the present moment.

And the greatest gift God can give is His own experience.

Every object, every creature, every man, woman and child has a soul and it is the destiny of all, to see as God sees, to know as God knows, to feel as God feels, to be as God is.

In the words of the masters like Eckhart, we are lifted above the chaos, above the violence, above evil and stationed in the perpetual joy and comfort of God.

Stay in that joy and comfort daily.

Shalom.

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