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6.25.19 … “Whatever is going on in God is a flow-it’s like a dance. But God is not a dancer-He is the dance itself. That idea might sound novel, but it is about as traditional as you can get. God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in?”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church-Charlotte NC:

As a matter of practice, I usually do not take a selection of readings with me to my labyrinth walks. But in the last six weeks, I have found it comforting just to sit a few minutes with a book or an article and read before I walk.

Today I’m finishing “ Moonlight Over Paris” This is by Jennifer Robson, the same author that wrote “The Gown.” As with The Gown, I enjoyed the history and the quality of the writing, but the story itself was very predictable.

I found several quotes in this book interesting…

In Robson’s description of 1925 New York City, “The city felt so new, and not just new compared to London or Paris, but brand-new, so new its paint hadn’t yet dried, and newest of all, to her mind, were the skyscrapers. With the exception of the Eiffel Tower with the spires of the various cathedrals, she was fairly certain she never before seen a structure that rose beyond eight or nine stories – but already they’d driven past dozens of buildings that reached ten, twenty, even thirty stories high.“ (p.307) And I thought to myself that New York City still seems that way compared to any European or North American City.

And page 130 discussed first time painting with oils, something my sister is undertaking for the first time … “She assumed she would have a natural flair for painting in oils. She could not have been more wrong. …”

But early on I saw this in the book, p. 121, … “Most of us spend our whole lives with our heads down, walking in circles. It never occurs to us to want anything more, so we cling to what’s safe. What we know.”

There was lots of debris on my path today. We have had several wicked storms, one Saturday night that cut power at our house for four hours, but a woman in the grocery store yesterday asked me how long she could keep her eggs because she had lost power for 26 hours from that same storm. We again had another wicked storm last night. It is almost like we can’t recover. Today the winds are picking up again in late evening and I wonder if we’ll have another wicked storm.

After I walked, I planned to look over at the the Friendship Garden in the corner. I have noticed this garden in previous years, but never have I noticed the plants so tall above the fence. I truly love this concept of urban gardens and sharing with those who live in the food deserts of the modern city.

Every so often I get off the path. Usually it is that I am thinking of other things. I am not sure what distracted me today… But I was off at a very early juncture. But I corrected myself and was walking on the path again.

It was not too hot, but I am definitely overdressed. I have my uniform on, Khaki pants and a black T-shirt (I own sleeveless, short sleeve, elbow length sleeve and long sleeve ones) and a scarf. Today out of laziness I chose a mid length sleeve. And it is too much.

The natural areas around the labyrinth were littered with debris from the recent storms; the hydrangeas were suffering from the heat; the rosemary had gone wild; and the clover in the grassy areas was equally wild …

As noted before, I still love the corner lighting which is in complete contrast to the strict pattern of the labyrinth. I like the humor.

I have never been a dancer, but for 20 minutes when I walk the labyrinth I experience several things which honestly I never really expected to experience: one is meditation or contemplation, and the other is a sense of dance. The labyrinth path takes me on a very short dance. I was never one to follow a man’s lead, but I can follow the lead of the path. Dance with me?

Which brings me to another thought, which combines several ideas here… That is Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance. The meditative contemplative walks. that I take on the labyrinth, the dance that I take it as I move through the Labyrinth is for me to dance with God.

“Early Christians who came to be known as the ‘Desert Mothers and Fathers’ applied the Greek verb perichoresis to the mystery of the Trinity. The best translation of this odd-sounding word is dancing. Our word choreography comes from the same root.Although these early Christians gave us some highly conceptualized thinking on the life of the Trinity, the best they could say, again and again, was, Whatever is going on in God is a flow-it’s like a dance. But God is not a dancer-He is the dance itself. That idea might sound novel, but it is about as traditional as you can get. God is the dance itself, and He invites you to be a part of that dance. Are you ready to join in?”

Source: Episode 58 – Mike Morrell- The Divine Dance,

https://crackersandgrapejuice.com/episode-58-mike-morrell-the-divine-dance/

6.25.19


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