If you’re like me, you love this world. And you feel a terrible tenderness for humanity. You struggle over the evil we live with and the death we must go through. And for all your doubt, you have come the conviction that evil and death were faced square on some two thousand years ago. The teaching and deeds and death of a Jewish peasant swirl through your heart daily.
You conclude that, though God very seldom brings people back from the dead, the resurrection happened, with Jesus’ body, in a new way. In this once-in-a-million-years event, you see the celebration of life. You see the promise of living without evil or death. You sense that the longings of the human heart were fulfilled in that moment. You know it isn’t escapist, because – while you spend the days dwelling in your issues – you see marks of life sprouting all around. You catch faint echoes of a deep love dwelling strongly in dark places. And when you follow the reverberations of this hope, you find yourself just a bit more every day living into your destiny. You are becoming the person you feel just right about. You find yourself strong, a healer, whose breath gets taken away sometimes by the world’s landscapes and the humans dwelling upon them.
Lover of Nature, Student of Scripture, Spiritual Director, Scholar of Ancient Religion.
Keith contributes as Director of the Abbey.