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Rector's Reflection for May 16, 2014

posted May 16, 2014, 12:47 PM by Parish Administrator   [ updated May 16, 2014, 12:48 PM ]

How Good it is to Center Down


Life's hectic pace and chaotic confusion sometime threaten to completely knock us off balance, both in our relationships with each other and with God.  It's been like that a lot lately.  So I find myself returning to voices that have anchored me seemingly forever -- like Howard Thurman, who though he died when I was a child, links me with a living history we all are still a part of.  He was Dean of Chapel at Howard University and then at Boston University, a great preacher raised by his grandmother who had herself been enslaved.  He reminds me of the kind of person I want to be, what I need to do, and in order to get there "how good it is to center down."  


How good it is to center down!

To sit quietly and see one's self pass by!

The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic;

Our spirits resound with clashings, with noisy silences,

While something deep within hungers and thirsts for the      

still moment and the resting lull.


With full intensity we seek, ere the quiet passes, a fresh      

sense of order in our living;

A direction, a strong sure purpose that will structure our      

confusion and bring meaning in our chaos.


We look at ourselves in this waiting moment - the kinds      

 of people we are.

The questions persist: what are we doing with our lives?

What are the motives that order our days?

What is the end of our doings? Where are we trying 

     to go?

Where do we put the emphasis and where are our   

    values focused?

For what end do we make sacrifices?  Where is my     

     treasure and what do I love most in life?

What do I hate most in life and to what am I true?

Over and over the questions beat in upon the waiting 



As we listen, floating up through all the jangling echoes       

of our turbulence, there is a sound of another kind --

A deeper note which only the stillness of the heart      

     makes clear.

It moves directly to the core of our being.  Our questions 

     are answered,

Our spirits refreshed, and we move back into the traffic 

     of our daily round

With the peace of the Eternal in our step.

How good it is to center down!


                                             from Meditations of the Heart