A recent stroll at a beach on Lake Michigan near Charlevoix found me pondering "the many and the One."
This particular beach is a resting place for millions of tiny stones, softened from being waved tossed for thousands of years. As I walked, I marveled at the variety; the myriad of shapes, colors, and sizes. I was struck by how they all lay together so peacefully. They rested upon each other. They cradled one another.
As I gazed at them I saw the Source. These precious stones were brilliant expressions of Divinity. Dark ones abiding next to bright ones, each illuminated the other's beauty.
Just looking at them, I felt great peace within myself. And I felt hopeful, too. Hopeful that we, as divine-humans, with time, love and tenderness, could be this way with one another too.
As spiritual beings with an earthly home,
Spirit invites us to be its presence in the world;
to be a walking, talking, breathing mirror of the Holy One.
In nature's handiwork, we witness divine inspiration.
We are a part of Creation,
so why would we be omitted from this delight?
Just as birds and trees reflect the Source, so do we.
The kindness, compassion, and joy we share with others mirrors
the Divine inspiration behind them.
We can be God's love in the world.
from Awakening the Spirit Within
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.