The Inner Ground of Love

“If the deepest ground of my being is love, then in that very love and nowhere else will I find myself, the world, and my brother and sister in Christ. It is not a question of either or but, of all-in-one. It is not a matter of exclusivity and purity but, of wholeness, wholeheartedness, unity, and equality which finds the same ground of love in everything.” Thomas Merton

We have certainly felt the wholeness of love surround us this past week. God’s love poured out from dear friends and family. Gratefulness and being astonished by a God whose name is mercy.

The Messenger

My work is loving the world.

Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness.

Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.

Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?

Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?

Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,

Which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.

The phoebe, the delphinium. The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.

Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,

which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart

and these body-clothes, a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth

and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam, telling them all,

over and over, how it is that we live forever.

Mary Oliver

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