Today is the day of St. John, the Forerunner! It is a time where the earth is exhaling as if in a deep dream, the deepest of languid sleep, the height of summer light and a time where perhaps the Christian Celtic vision of the “thin places” – the veil between the material and spiritual worlds – is so readily apparent.
We can feel this rhythm within us, and with this special time in June comes this Feast. St. John comes to us, with his fiery spirit reminiscent of the Prophet Elijah, to connect us to a sense of repentance, of anticipation, of movement forward with connection to Christ.
There is a renewal held in fire and for centuries people have celebrated this time with bonfires on the tops of mountains and hill tops. This makes me think of “Hind’s Feet On High Places”, where Hannah Hurnard writes, “The life of the praying person is a journey farther and farther up and farther in, to places God Himself has spoken about to the attentive heart.”
Where is your attention?
Where is your Holy Silence?
What is God telling you?
Where is your renewal and your reconnection to God? What does that mean to you?
How are you being cleansed and renewed by the circumstances in your life?
There is a cleansing held in the water. We see St. John the Forerunner conveying the great spirit of cleansing, of binding and abiding, in his baptism of Christ.
This weekend I went tubing with a group of friends. It was fun, and it was so much like life. There were banks and shoals and rocks, fast water over rapids and slow lazily drifting pools. If you didn’t work with the person you are connected with, you didn’t get very far. If you were not thoroughly yoked to your partner, the rapids would take you apart. You may have thought you had it all figured out because you had a pole in your hand to keep yourself from getting stranded, but then your pole would be swept away in the current and drift away and you were left with trying to figure out another plan and relying upon people who were coming down the river path to assist you. Such a loss of control, swept along in the vastness of the current.
So much like life, and so much to say about this time of cleansing and renewal.
What can you let go of? What is not serving you anymore and why are you holding onto it?
Who and what needs to be in your life?
Is it really that serious or should you be floating instead of trying so hard to use your pole to push against the current?
Where is your cleansing and your freshness of the soul? What are you doing spiritually to support yourself as you go “farther up and farther in”?
Here is to a fresh vision, a new hope, a cleansing and renewing, a new chance for meaning,