“The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness”
― Albert Einstein
“I used unexpectedly to experience a consciousness of the presence of God, or such a kind that I could not possibly doubt that He was within me or that I was wholly engulfed in Him. This was in no sense a vision: I believe it is called mystical theology. The soul is suspended in such a way that it seems to be completely outside itself. The will loves; the memory, I think, is almost lost; while the understanding, I believe, thought it is not lost, does not reason—I mean that it does not work, but is amazed at the extent of all it can understand; for God wills it to realize that it understands nothing of what His Majesty represents to it.”
― Teresa of Ávila
(a shrouded moon in the wind swept changing night sky / Julie Cook / 2014)
Do you believe in promises?
Wandering outside during a dark and shifting night, as change streaks across sky, have you ever found yourself gazing heavenward–gazing upward to the moon and stars, wondering?
Did you feel anything?
Did you hear anything?
Anything whispering across the wind, perhaps written across the gossamer clouds?
Was there a deep stirring in your core, one that made you feel uncomfortable, made you catch your breath?
You’ve read the old texts.
You’ve heard their words echoed throughout your youth.
You’ve dismissed such as
Yet here you are, in the blackness of night, alone, wondering.
Is He really there?
Perhaps it is the wind through the spindly limbs of the barren trees.
Perhaps it’s the rustling of dried leaves swirling across the lawn. . .
Was that a dog barking?
An owl in the distance. . .?
A sudden bothersome feeling a smallness engulfs your soul.
I wait upon a promise. . .
Might you be doing the same?
The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to where it sets.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.
Our God comes
and will not be silent;
a fire devours before him,
and around him a tempest rages.
He summons the heavens above,
and the earth, that he may judge his people:
“Gather to me this consecrated people,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,
for he is a God of justice.
Psalm to be read the second Sunday of Advent