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Sunday, August 21, 2005

My Little Bit on Coracles...

"One of the most striking features of this (the celtic) tradition was its love of wandering or peregrination. In its more extreme form, the peregrini, as they were called, would set sail in a boat without a rudder to be blown wherever the elements might take them. The ideal of the peregrini in the old Celtic Church was defined as 'seeking the place of one's resurrection'. (...) In the Celtic tradition the search to find 'the place of one's resurrection' often led to the wildest and most elemental places. Remote islands and rocky outcrops were the Celtic equivalent to desert places of silence and prayer. (...) The search is always for the Mystery that is deep within creation and yet infinitely other than anything we can know or name. It is a search that takes us into the wild and untamed places within ourselves as well as within nature."

"The Book of Creation: an Introduction to Celtic Spirituality"
J. Philip Newell
(Quotes from Chapter 2: The Second Day: The Wildness of God)

I have found my rocky outcrop. (at least for now...) There is a huge rock that breaks through the trees and gives you a view of the Mississippi river. There is a monument...

I have felt drawn to this place a lot lately, but it wasn't until I began to attempt to write this post that I realized that I AM being DRAWN there. It is a place, for me, where I can be still and enter the "darkness between the galaxies".

Today, before church, I went there. I felt the surety of God. The river was still there and was still calm; even though yesturday was a TERRIBLE, stormy day, relationally. The river was still there. The waters were almost still (which is an amazing trick for a river). The world had not fallen apart just because one relationship in my life seemed to. As I sat there, a falcon flew out from the trees next to me, carrying his breakfast. What a gift. The crows were trying to steal his food and it was wonderful to watch him, with GREAT dignity and strength, not give in to their pestering.

I am a peregrini. (I wonder if the falcon was a Peregrine!!)

9 Comments:

At 7:01 PM, Blogger sleeping with bread said...

. . . corporate word . . . enlarged . . . taking me places I might not travel . . . alone . . . Deo Gratias Jaime . . .

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Jaime G said...

Yes! That is it... I get it from your comment. Corporate words grow and enlage and expand therefore the picture is more complete by listening and sharing together. I have been wondering what people mean by corporate words...

Thank you, Sleeping with Bread!

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger AdSenseGuy said...

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At 7:35 PM, Blogger Seyed Bahram Mirkalami said...

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At 6:08 AM, Blogger sleeping with bread said...

. . . yes . . . and have you experienced a time within community when God is speaking . . . moving you individually and corporately as one . . . when I hear a word or words over and over in community . . . I love to wonder in community about what . . . if anything . . . that means . . . He may be growing us together places we cannot grow alone . . .

 
At 6:19 AM, Blogger Jaime G said...

Yes. I have been wondering about that too...

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger gloria said...

"It is a search that takes us into the wild and untamed places within ourselves as well as within nature."

Ah! that's what silence does for me.

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger H. Jane said...

There is something to the fact that you went there to have solitude feeling God's surety and then went to church afterward. I like the juxtaposition of those two events. I'm glad you found your rocky outcrop.

 
At 11:28 AM, Blogger Jaime G said...

Yes! Especially hearing the text that we heard this Sunday. God is SO GOOD.

 

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