I hope everyone is safe after the storm. I walked down an unplowed sidewalk today on my way to visit someone, and the snow was so hard packed, I walked on top of it as though it was asphalt. My son in upstate New York had 26 inches of snow yesterday. I count my blessings!
Here is Debra Barton’s meditation on Every Earthly Blessing. Next week Debra will be here at 5:15 to talk to us about Celtic Spirituality in the Counting room, and then she will lead our Celtic Prayer. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this ancient way of Christianity.
Every Earthly Blessing by Esther de Waal
Some Thoughts on The Universe and The Common Creation
For the Celts, the cosmic and the domestic were one vision of one Creator. While the stars may gleam with a heavenly radiance, so too did the water in the local well. Everything within the world around them shone of the Divine.
The Celts could see “Creation as the revelation of the presence of God, but they are careful to preserve the distinction of the two and insist on their separateness.” (P 78) The tree, no matter how beautiful, is not God, rather reveals something about the nature of God.
Attending to this distinction becomes a daily opportunity for gratitude. Much of Celtic spirituality is reflective of a posture of gratitude for all that God has done and is doing within the created order, which includes human beings. Nothing is taken for granted. Each domestic moment has its corresponding prayer of thanksgiving.
These ancestors of the faith were deeply attuned to the seasons and signs of nature. The rugged lives they led required ‘reading’ the world around them much as we might read the paper or listen to a weather report. They knew that their world was sacred and so their attention to that world could be called ‘divine reading.’
For this week you might try some divine reading of your own. Practice gratitude for the food on your table, the ground upon which you walk, the flash of sunlight illuminating something you haven’t seen before.
God guide my with Thy wisdom,
God chastise me with Thy justice,
God help me with Thy mercy,
God protect me with Thy strength.
God fill me with Thy fullness,
God shield me with Thy shade
God fill me with Thy grace,
for the sake of Thine anointed Son
Jesu Christ of the seed of David
Visiting One of the Temple,
Sacrificial Lamb of the Garden,
Who died for me.
– from The Celtic Vision –