Never Yet Been Spoken

I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what waits within me
so that what no one has dared to wish for

may for once spring clear
without my contriving.

If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
but this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
no forcing and no holding back,
the way it is with children.

Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
these deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,

streaming through widening channels
into the open sea.


Nourishment comes when [we] become aware of the current of life which flows through the community. These are times of grace and gift when the community lives the joy of being together in celebration, feasting and prayer…. But it doesn’t last. Some of [us] can’t bear to feel too relaxed and happy; rejection has left [us] with too much anger. Sometimes we have to wait for a long time for everyone to be able to join fully in a celebration.

Involved in the World

The ancient Israelites saw God not only as someone other, distant and all-powerful, but as someone very much involved in the world. God was transcendent, awesome in majesty, yet God also told people how to live, was a part of their lives and was with them in the roar of battle and in the ‘still, small voice.’ God was clearly both immanent and transcendent.

Grace and the Deeper Self

Grace is not something we can strive toward through virtue or good works. We do not achieve it by refining the correct spiritual practices. The expression of grace is not a linear, cause-and-effect phenomenon. Nor is it something that exists separately from our day-to-day existence. Full of mystery, this divine activity transpires in the most ordinary circumstances. Grace simply happens, and although we cannot work for it, we deserve it. If we are each composed of a small self and a deeper Self, it is our birthright to become familiar with that deeper Self.

The Realities We Face

God gives us the strength to change those things that can and must be changed. And God helps us to confront those things that happen unfairly, for no good reason. God helps us deal with what is beyond our control, what can’t be changed. I used to think that we are where we are for a preordained reason. But I no longer believe that is true. We are where we are, and it is up to us whether there is a purpose in it or not. Places, circumstances and encounter aren’t inherently meaningful; we make them meaningful, we give them purpose.