Last week’s post was a poem by Mary Oliver, titled Messenger, which contains the words, “My work is loving the world.” The focus of our life is not toward some distant, future realm. Our life’s work is realizing that the world we are in is sacred, because the Spirit of God is to be found here, in the circumstances of our life and in the world around us. If we immerse ourselves in God’s Spirit in the present and respond in faith and hope, all will be well.
“Which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” Realizing that God is in all things leads us to a greater appreciation of creation and a desire to care for it. Concern for climate change is one outcome of this realization.
“Which is mostly rejoicing.” When we find God, it brings us a deep joy and peace which cannot be taken from us, in spite of life’s challenges and hardships. The resurrection of Jesus tells us that death and destruction does not have the last word.
“Which is gratitude.” Loving the world, learning to be astonished, rejoicing, and gratitude are all qualities that connect us closely with the Spirit of Christ, who calls us to new life–right now, in the present moment, and for all moments to come.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)