It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, June 17, 2005

WEEK 2 DAY 3

A door opens in the center of our being and we seem to fall
through it into immense depths which although they are
infinite, are all accessible to us: all eternity seems to have become ours
in this one placid and breathless contact. God touches us
with a touch that is emptiness and empties us.
Thomas Merton

Most of us always want to be filled, to feel good, to have life go well and not have any pain or discomfort. Yet we know that a cup that is full does not have room to receive. Likewise a cup that is never used or shared will grow stale and tasteless
The spiritual path is a constant cycle of emptying and filling, of dying and rising, of accepting and letting go. Emptying can be draining, but it might also be rewarding and satisfying if we have a sense of truly giving to another.

Scripture ~ Philippians 2:1-11
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself...

When I hear the word 'emptiness' I think of my house, empty. Not so long ago it was full--bursting at the seams. So it was emptied, now it's open to being filled again. How? It's full fo memories , it's full of 'stuff', it's full of peace and quiet, and it's full of lots of beds for family when they come to visit. I've been emptied of all the things in life that I once had. Now I must fill up the time I have with new things to do. I do study my bible more, I do pray more, I dabble with painting, read alot and I never have to go looking for a quiet space. I have the whole house - and is it quiet. I have more time to be open to the transforming power of God.
Today I will empty myself of one of my treasures or pleasures, so that I may gain a possibility of being filled with something new .

'On Ya ' - ma

1 comment:

Donna said...

I agree.