It was a peaceful, quiet morning; and, like Brother Lawrence, I was lost in sacred daydreaming as I stood at my kitchen sink washing dishes. All of a sudden, I heard a bird screaming for help. Yes, I mean really screaming.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Although I had never heard that sound before, I immediately knew the little one was crying out to me. There was a Great Mystery within me that knew it was my responsibility to provide the help needed. Although I believed the bird was out-of-doors, I followed the sound until I realized the little one was trapped inside the chimney of my house. The issue was soon resolved and the bird, once more, was free to sing its song of life.
When it was all over, I resumed my daydreaming. I began to imagine (using human terms) what the bird may have told its greater community. I imagine it saying things like, ‘I was so lucky;’ ‘it was a miracle;’ ‘an angel appeared;’ ‘I felt the Presence;’ ‘I heard the voice of God;’ ‘my Redeemer lives;’ and other sentiments in an effort to express the mystical experience.
As I continued my reverie of the events of the morning, the song “We Are the World” came to mind; particularly the line, “we’re saving our own lives.” I thought how easy it is to assume that another’s trouble has nothing to do with me (the bird is outside); while actually, it is part of my very own household.
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I recall times in my life when I felt trapped, with no feasible way out of an issue, be it health, finances, relationships, or grief. Like the little bird, my heart exclaimed: “There is good for me and I ought to have it!” 1 Angels unaware rushed to my aid. Although they looked like ordinary people/or incidents, I now know, no matter what; it was always the presence of God answering my call. I now understand, all life is God Life.
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As I contemplate the Omnipresence of Spirit, I realize that that which calls is also that which answers. There is a silent communication that takes place between all beings. I tell myself that the affinity, connection, empathy and kinship felt for another are a sure indication of universal interdependence. It is the phenomenon that unifies us as one. It is The Presence of God living IN, THROUGH, and AS humanity. It is Holy Communion.
‘When Deep calls unto Deep…Deep Answers.’
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The Great Mystery that lives deep within me, hears the call of the deep within all of humanity. Knowing that Wholeness, Abundance, Unity and Love are the birthright of all, I accept the gifts of Wise Men/and Women of today. The gifts being offered reveal the spiritual nature of the inhabitants of the planet and can be likened to the transforming power of frankincense 2 and the resurrecting power of myrrh 3
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Christmas is a time of renewal; a time of joy to the world.
Do you hear what I hear?
There is a Magnificence within me that is ever available to serve…
When I call on It, It always responds…
My needs and desires are always met!
By Robbin G. Ruffner, RScP, Emeritus