Sunday, May 28, 2006

In the present

I always feel that I'm just basking in the Light that pours through the windows of our meetinghouse. This morning I thought of the words of Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning":

And the light poured in like butterscotch,
stuck to all my senses...
Won't you stay? We'll put on the day
and we'll talk in present tenses.

This morning as the Light was pouring in, I realized how during meeting for worship we give ourselves permission to be in the present. We do not recite prayers that were formulated long ago. We don't re-enact or commemorate deeds done in the past, nor do we fret about the future. To be in the present is t
o be truly happy. If your mind is dwelling on how you used to be happy or fast-forwarding to some time in the future when you will be happy, then that doesn't say much for how you're feeling right now.

To be in the present is to have everything we need. It is letting ourselves sit like Mary at the feet of the Teacher, listening as he talks to us in present tenses, as he replenishes us spiritually he encourages us to bask in the present that is the present. And it made me think that the Master sends us forth to give others the gift of a happy present as well.

Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, painted by Jan Vermeer around 1664.

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