Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 23, 2005
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of daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
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Seeing God in slow motion
"And Jesus said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to
a lonely place, and rest a while.' For many were coming
and going, and they had no leisure even to eat."
As a concept, holy leisure experienced through lectio
divina intrigues me because many of us experience life
on the run. We become weary and worn out. We need
quiet moments of retreat and rest for reflection and
A dear friend gave me a glimmer of what it means to see
God in slow motion while mushroom picking. Peg had been
picking mushrooms for decades. "Take the day off," she
urged, "Come pick mushrooms with me for a few hours."
The day was a revelation. Rather than drive seventy
miles an hour and see the scenery flash by, she brought
me into the forest and taught me how to walk slowly,
perhaps seventy yards an hour. Rather than gaze through
the forest from a speeding car, she taught me to pause,
look at all the beauty available at my feet, and deeply
breathe in my surroundings. She helped me see God in
The forest was thick with trees. Sunlight streamed
through the branches and leaves. Birds sang. There
were no car noises. The ground smelled pungent. The
layers of pine needles muffled our steps. At first I
did not see any mushrooms. I had to stand still. One
had to look closely at the ground to see the mushrooms.
As we searched for mushrooms, we wandered off in different
directions. From time to time, my friend would blow on
her whistle. This kept us together and kept me from
getting lost! I felt quite safe with her. The forest
felt like a soothing balm to my soul. The forest had
become a cathedral of holy leisure. It was a day of
slow motions. God was everywhere.
You do not need to go mushroom picking to experience
God in slow motion. But we all need moments of slow
motion throughout the day. Samuel Chadwick said,
"Hurry is the death of prayer." Try an experiment
with God during your busy day. Stop. Pause. Pray.
Then continue on with your chores and other activities.
Meaningful moments of God-awareness can dramatically
change our perspective and provide renewal for our
God, help us see you in moments of slow deliberate
motion today. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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