Longing

It has been a whole week since I have posted something here. I had been in the habit of blogging more regularly, but then somehow the “busy”ness of life snuck up on me. Since my return from Indiana last Wednesday, I have been busy writing papers and feeling the end of the semester crunch. I have been walking the fine line between longing for the semester to be over and wishing there were a few more weeks in which to get everything done. I am looking forward to the summer. Actually, I am LONGING for the summer – a time when I can relax a bit, do some “fun” reading, and be more disciplined with my spiritual practices.

This morning Cordelia lent me a book she has been reading – An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopalian priest and professor of religion, is one of my favorite authors. She writes about matters of faith in such a clear way that I am always left saying, “Wow.” An Altar in the World is a book on spiritual practices and how to see the Sacred in our everyday lives. I really don’t have time to truly savor this book right now, but I couldn’t help but read the Introduction. I was once again left with that feeling of “Wow,” and share a piece of it with you now …

“No one longs for what he or she already has, and yet the accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reason so many of us cannot see the red X that marks the spot is because we are standing on it. The treasure we seek requires no lengthy expedition, no expensive equipment, no superior aptitude or special company. All we lack is the willingness to imagine that we already have everything we need. The only thing missing is our consent to be where we are.” Wow!

May you give consent to be who and where you are today! Until next time, peace …

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2 Responses to Longing

  1. nancydayachauer says:

    I bought An Altar in the World two weeks ago and can’t wait to start reading it. The few little snippets I have read are awesome. Like you, I need to take care of some “busy”ness first so I really savor it.

  2. Kim says:

    Great post. we do have a space in our heart that we are longing to fill, that is God. Very insightful.

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