Wednesday, February 18, 2009

worship is living life

An unchartered path on the frozen water of Grand Lake
Faith takes us to a place
where we stake our destiny
on the truth of invisible reality,
Abraham Heschel

Not just for an hour each week sitting on a hard pew.....the stakes are too important to leave the rest of the week an uncharted destiny. Faith is in the worship of living life surrounded by others in the communities we where we live.

Most of the time, we rarely think about what our personal faith looks and feels like or how our destiny is going to play out. We're busy living out loud performing tasks, running errands, paying bills, working, engaging with others, getting stuff done. Thank God for that because if we were to be drawn into the rhythm of the traditional meditative process of reflecting on seeking truth and enlightenment, we'd all be behind on our bills. We may be able to come closer to a truer blissful state of "eternal conciousness" .....yes, we'd have that going for us as Bill Murray states in Caddyshack, but this planet only needs a few greenskeepers. The rest of us have other responsibilities to tackle.

Veiled as we live out our everyday ordinary days, enlightenment pokes through as doubt and affirmation, dismissal and confirmation, addition and elimination. It is found in the doing. It is felt in the multitude of emotions we experience every single day. To lift a line from Van Morrison's songbook, it's revealed while "making your own reality." We just have to believe in taking a leap every now and then that our faith will be there as the invisible hand there to guide us along.

Faith is the earth and clay we walk on, in the air we breathe, in the apparitions which seep down from the storm clouds. Faith is found in the face of a friend, and in the colour of the creeping landscape. It sits in the corner of an alleyway we walk by every single day. It hovers in the cavalry of broken dreams and in the hopes of newly formed ones. It sits as the silent sniper before daybreak, and dances with you in the blur of success.

Most of what happens in life will not make logical sense. So often we throw out the "WHY" question into the cosmos and it echos like footsteps in a desserted cavern. It may sound really cool, but it never returns with a solid reply. Instead, the echo lingers like the end of the piper's last note and it leaves us wondering........what next?

what next indeed.....let's hope it's a really brilliant new tune.

10 comments:

Tabitha in Bliss said...

Truth and Inspiration within your words. Thank you!

winterpainter said...

cool photo!

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

"Faith is the earth and clay we walk on, in the air we breathe, in the apparitions which seep down from the storm clouds." i have been to church today.....thank you.

come see me...i have a task for you....

Awareness said...

Tabitha...why thank you. I combined two different pieces which were sitting in my drafts....they are based on an article a blogger friend had shared with me recently...my first attempt at putting the key messages into my own words.

Winterpainter heather....geee, thanks. I liked it too. I'm glad I pulled over and snapped it. Grand Lake looks so pristine and beautiful right now. It seems to go on and on....like you could ski do it forever.

Irish Heather...church on a Wednesday...and everyday....'cause i'm beginning to think that living life is where the cathedral needs to be....glad you felt that...

I'll be over soon...am intrigued.

Independent Chick said...

Beautiful picture and fabulous post. Last time I checked, there were seven days in the week. Seven days in which we need to live life to the fullest and live it with faith in our souls and kindness in our hearts.

Marja said...

I lose faith from time to time but just when I am about too than I see some progress, get a hug, a kind word and I am back on track

Gilly said...

Inspirational! And just at the right time for me. Faith getting rather shaky.

Awareness said...

IC...I'd like to strive for that way of living. I think if i could get closer to this I'd feel more settled inside.

Marja....there's nothing like knowing someone's paying attention eh?

Gilly...me too. it does wax and wane on this side of the pond as well.

Romany Angel said...

Faith in oneself and the sheer goodness of life is the foundation of everything. Without it we would be bloodless souls lost in the wilderness. We must live life to the fullest because to do otherwise is robbing ourselves of our own potential.

Mark said...

Very wise words! Faith is not, nor should it ever be limited!