Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Sunday, April 17, 2005

In This Moment

"Let us remain as empty as possible so that God can fill us up"
Mother Theresa

I'm an early riser, even on the weekends when most people take advantage of the opportunity to sleep in, I'm up at 5:00 am watching the sun rise. I love the colours that Mother Nature paints the sky with, pale shades of pink, blue, orange, purple, all blending into one another.

My apt is fairly high up, faces southeast, and offers a spectacular view of the park, with it's reflecting pool, the city, and the lake.

This is a very magical time of the day; the city populace is still asleep or indoors, the birds greet the rising sun with song, and there is a hum that the earth gives off that I can hear if I simply quiet my mind. This golden hum is what birds follow when migrating during the Winter, and when returning home in the Spring.

With my hot cup of freshly brewed tea in hand, I wrap a light wool blanket around me. There is still a slight chill in the air as I settle into my adirondack chair on the balcony, and let the golden hum seduce me, as the warm sun hits my face.

I am completely lost in this moment.

This is my time to connect deeply with God. While God informs my life daily, and I am aware of His presence constantly, this is my time alone with God, and I never feel more at one with all of life, with God, than I do in this moment.

In this moment, I am empty, my mind is quiet, and He restores my soul.
In this moment, I have received the gentle blessing of being alive.
"A person who wakes up in the morning is like a new creation" claims an Hasidic poem. In this moment, I am created anew.

Waking in the morning,
time smiles in my hand.

This dawn
lasts all day
Deena Metzger


  • At 10:22 AM, April 17, 2005, Blogger Me! said…

    Beautiful...and spot on!

    Too often, the "worries of this world" crop up and steal my joy. Or I allow them to keep me from these moments of which you write. A shame really...when those moments are the ones in which I know I NEED to deepen my relationship with Him.

    Where I used to live (in East Kentucky) there was a mountain behind my house where I could hike up (or ride the atv on those lazy days) and sit at the top...no one for miles...Just me, Him and His creation. I could sit...cry...sing to the top of my lungs...whatever the moment required.

    I miss that.

    The laziness, or lack of discipline and distractions that I allow in my life frustrates me. Wife, kid, job...the very gifts from Him that I adore most, I allow to detract from what's important. All just lame excuses I know. My fault.

    Thanks...I think you've inspired me to blog! (I've been undergoing nearly a year of Block...haven't written anything of substance in 2 years).

    By-the-way...Curling play downs went well. A come back to make it to the next to last round. But we lost to the team that won the chamionship...can't be down about that I suppose.

    Keith from Michigan

  • At 5:54 PM, April 19, 2005, Blogger Sgt. B. said…

    Mornings... Love 'em...

    As you described, a great time to re-connect with God.

    And go for a nice run...

    Great prose!


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