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beeThere are days that I feel this way:

I don’t want to read books about you, or hear sermons about you, or talk about you with my peers.

I don’t want to look for you in buildings, or in sacred rivers, or in holy people, or in devotional works of art.

I can’t be bothered with philosophy or reason. I don’t care for poetry or song. You couldn’t force me to sit for prayer or meditation, to chant or count on beads.

Take your scriptures and your saints, your icons and your religious garb, your holiday festivals and your rites of passage — take them all in a great procession and drown them in your holy river. Let them sink out of sight and be gone forever,

because I love you too much to waste another moment not lost in the bliss of loving you.

because I want you, wholly and fully, in every beat of my heart, every breath, every thought.

because I am on fire with the madness of desire, the disease of clinging, the wounds of ignorance, and only your constant presence can extinguish the flame.

So make me to read the scriptures and hear the sermons, bathe in the rivers and offer the incense, wear the robes and worship in your houses,

but first fill me to bursting with love for you, and the endless sense of your presence,

for there is no holiness in all the holy things of world without your lending holiness to them.

Peace, peace, peace be unto.

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Most Beloved One, sit and talk with me a while. I’ve been missing you lately.

I know it’s me, not you. When I go looking, I always find you. But my attention so easily wanders, my mind scattering itself all over. There you are, closer to me than my jugular vein, enshrined in the temple of my heart, and at times I forget you entirely.

It’s bliss when I remember you! It’s intoxicating! When I sit in silence for a long time and think of nothing but you, I feel like I’m in a different world, transported beyond time and space. For a moment, sometimes, I think I’m sitting in your heart. I hardly even know what that means.

Be compassionate, love. Remember that we are not strangers. You are my very own. So take care of me and be exceedingly patient with me. Make me keep my mind centered on you. Fill my heart with pure love for you. Grant that my devotion to you overflows.

Let me be mad for you, and shout your name to the heavens unceasingly! Take me in your arms right now and never let me go.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all.

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