What we can learn about being instruments of God’s Peace from our pets (and nature) . . .

“In [finding God’s] likeness or identity in [the human soul], God takes such delight that he pours his whole nature and being into it. His pleasure is as great, to take a simile, as that of a horse, let loose over a green heath, where the ground is level and smooth, to gallop as a horse will, as fast he can over the greensward — for this is the horse’s pleasure and nature.”

— 13th Century mystic, Meister Ekhardt

Staff_Delony, LenAs the forecasters predicted, Thursday morning we in Fort Worth awoke to the wonder of a thick, glistening, blanket of snow. (FYI — I continue to recommend, as part of your prayer practice for Lent, the video of “a hundred billion snowflakes swirling in the cosmic storm” that I linked to Peter Mayer’s song “My Soul” in a recent blog.)

That morning, as we looked out the window, Beka and I knew immediately the field behind our house was calling to be explored . . .

Not long after some quick tea and toast, we bundled up and stepped into silent echoes of Narnia.

Chancy, our 3 year old, jet-black Dachs-i-huahua led the way as we wandered in wonder . . .

To be Instruments of God’s Peace, we are, in each moment of Creation, called to be Present to the wonder . . .

As we played and delighted in Chancy’s freedom as she celebrated the moment here, I realized she was showing us the way to contemplative presence . . .

May each of you have countless yet simple, contemplative moments throughout your Lenten Journey, and discover the ways of wonder wherever you are . . .

Grace and peace to you in your times of letting go and new beginnings . . .

Len

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