GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#111 — July 1, 2021

Perhaps love is like a resting place, a shelter from the storm. It exists to give you comfort, it is there to keep you warm, and in those times of trouble when you are most alone, the memory of love will bring you home.

— John Denver

Greetings, Inspired Seekers:

As I write this newsletter, I am gazing out my window to my neighbor's yard across the street and I see a site of wonder. A very young fawn is resting among the lush, green shrubs; she's having a Zen moment. Pure and relaxed, in safety. It doesn't surprise me as my neighbor, Lucy, is one of the sweetest people I know and her space would be a shelter for any sentient being. This fawn, and the doe who left her there, are keenly aware of this.

I am partial, as most of you know, to the deer – my Spirit animal; we have a deep connection to one another and my heart leaps when one appears; it is always a message that “all will be well.”

But, as I watch this moment of surrender in the middle of wedding season, I am struck by the thought of trusting love, as I look at this mystical creature. The love and peace in her eyes and the trusting love of the doe who left her for safe keeping until her return calls out to my heart.

What does it take to let love rest, alone, trusting that it will blossom? Each religion has, at its core, the transcendental power of love. Love for each other and love of God – however it is defined. That Divine love is all encompassing – nothing is excluded. It is available to all and it changes – transforms – everything.

Love is the greatest gift we are given and it is meant to be shared and spread throughout the universe until we are all blanketed by it. Enveloped in it. Filled by it to overflowing, until we become the vessel that spills love, generously, out into the world. Hand in hand with the Divine, we are active participants in the growth and evolution of a loving world.

And, like the young fawn, love needs rest, solitude and time to expand, just as much as it needs active care, attention and feeding. For, in order for love to reach its potential, it must stand on its own. It must grow from its own interior senses and generosity. That Divine sparkle must find its own shimmer.

How will we help love to grow in this chaotic world? Will we have the courage to both feed it and let it rest? Will we trust enough to allow the Divine spark to ignite, flame and burn, without interfering? Trust, courage and love. Sometimes the work is in the resting.

Grace, Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: I allow love to rest, ferment and grow in the quiet. I offer it without exception, to all I meet.

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