We Share One Life, We Are One Life
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*Life, Ja Purón, Flickr
Scripture~Psalm 114.7-8 (AT)
In the Presence of the Supreme One, tremble, earth,
in the Presence of the Eternal One of Jacob,
the One turning the rock into a pool of water,
the stony rock into a spring sprightly with water.
The Grace of God has found space in my life in the empty, hollowed-out spaces in my heart, not in the parts of my life that I have managed to fill up with my own "achievements." The fountains of God's love have become real and effective where my own defenses broke down. My breakdowns became God's breakthroughs.
*Margaret Silf, Lighted Windows.
Christmas bears the message of the centrality of emptiness in the prayerful life. This life is none other than cooperating with the Holy Spirit to form within us a vacancy. This vacancy, however, is not a mere negation. This hollowness is the field for the seed of Love, Joy, and Peace. The arid waiting becomes a watery womb of promise. We, like Mary the mother of Jesus, surrender our life to conceive and birth another life: the Life of Christ. We like her, say, "Yes," and that "Yes" is an answer to another "Yes" living inside us and which has prepared us to respond "Yes" to "Yes."
The emptiness of Christmas challenges us to trust the possibilities in fruitful emptiness. The empty womb of the virgin becomes the field for the planting of the Seed of the Word. The emptiness of the sleep of Joseph allows room for the message of the Angel not to abandon his engaged love Mary. The emptiness of the inn necessitates movement to the manger. The emptiness of the feed trough becomes the cradle for the One Who fills all Creation.
The prayerful life is a life of emptiness. We say "Yes" to the emptiness, yet, filled with Grace. The emptiness seen at first threatening, for it means a loss of the self I tried to be and life I tried to have, turns out to be a joyful emptiness.
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We are each a lovely, pure Rose, in the Garden of Grace.
The Sacred in Me bows to the Sacred in You