"Only love is capable of genuine transformation. Willpower is inadequate. Even spiritual effort is not up to the task. If we are to become great lovers, we must return again and again to the great love of the Great Lover." - David Benner in Sacred Companions
I write for a local ministry's newsletter once a month. For awhile now, I've looked back through old writing and offered that for their publication, but this month I wanted to share something new. Problem was, I didn't have any "fresh" contemplative experience to speak of (it's a contemplative newsletter) and I realized you can't force contemplative experience, you can only make yourself available. Sometimes, even that feels like it's asking too much.
In the end, I ended up sending this poem I wrote the other day. It seems that one key to contemplative awareness is the willingness to show up where we are, as we are.
With love, Kelly
Some mornings, it’s easier to fill the bird feeder than to fill my soul.
I’d rather trim the rose bushes than prune my heart of its unnecessary attachments.
So, I do. And when I’m done, the window in front of my desk is brighter, more open, and my heart holds hope
yesterday’s cardinal will return and I will watch him as he watches me.
Question to carry: What task, right in front of you, can you make yourself available to today? Is it possible you might find meaning and presence there?