Sunday, March 11, 2012


Third Sunday of Lent

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.'

Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
  hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
  with songs let us hail the Lord.

O that today you would listen to his voice! ‘Harden not your hearts.'

Come in; let us bow and bend low;
  let us kneel before the God who made us:
for he is our God and we
  the people who belong to his pasture,
  the flock that is led by his hand.
                                                          Psalm 94:1-2,6-8 (Universalis)

Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God,
and is a book about God.

Every creature is a word of God.
If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature,
even a caterpillar, I would never have to prepare a sermon.

So full of God is every creature.
                                                          Meister Eckhart

Lord You are this first light
weaving the looms of the hills.

You are every shade spilling into
the pails of the horizon.

You are this breath I am un-spooling
and the one I am winding in.

You are the embracing
and the releasing.

You are the bright green infusing
and the gray sleep reclining.

You are the pulse of ceaseless orbits
and the still center.

You are the spark whirling within every form
and what remains in their cessation.

You are the hand clasping
and the one letting go.

You are the hidden
and what sears in the light.

You are the other
and deep within.

You are the laying on of hands
and the lifting them.

You are the suffering
and the deep joy abounding.

You are the dying to free us from sin
and the rising again.

You are the thirst
and the living water offering to us.

You are this love sustaining
what we name and what we cannot name.

You are this eternal singing steadying the universes
and the abiding silence between the sounds.

You are all 
and beyond all. 

May we not harden our hearts
but give thanks and praise
without ceasing
to you our Lord
and God.

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