When the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory. – 1 Peter 5.4
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come. – Psalm 23.6
“I sit in front of him in silence, and set up a ladder made of patience, and if in his presence a language from beyond joy and beyond grief begins to pour from my chest, I know that his soul is as deep and bright as the star Sirius rising over Yemen.” – Rumi, “The Night Air”
The future is the house of hope. The house of hope is the future. But sometimes it is possible to load so much hope in the future that we miss the Presence right here and now.
Here-Now-Presence is the remedy mystics and contemplatives remind us of, and call us to.
Perhaps the dwelling in the house of the Lord can begin right now in the Presence of Silence and Stillness, where Love rises in the chest in a gentle awareness that is inexplicable, explainable, unmistakable. And where the Shepherd is revealed and felt.
Slip away from the screen and commute and kids for a moment. Look up into the sky. Listen for the Voice. Remember a Word. Reconnect with the Heart stillness of your Depth and the Shepherd’s Seeking. Be.
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