THE ROAD AHEAD
Come with me, my friend,
Let us walk hand in hand down the road that lies ahead,
Stopping now and then to see what grows by the side in disarray,
Wild, yet filled with a beauty that was not visible before.
When did we look at what grew by the side of the road?
As we fixed our gaze straight ahead we took for granted
these little, forgotten flowers and small, creeping insects.
We saw them as unimportant,
Not messengers from the beyond sent by a kindly Spirit
to share their flame of life with us.
Come, let us walk softly, my friend,
Let us tread lightly on this earth beneath our feet,
Making barely a footprint as we become weightless,
part of the earth herself and not separate.
For how can what is the same and ‘part of’
leave a footprint behind? How can it have weight?
The little pebbles beneath our feet are alive with holy presence.
We reach toward them and they reach toward us
in an embrace of sound, and feel, and color -
an embrace that exists for a moment, and yet for eternity.
Each step we take changes the very cells of our being.
Each step reaches out with cloudlike arms
and touches the life around us -
the life that penetrates the soles of our feet and
seeps into the atoms of our cells
so that we are never the same again.
Let us walk down this road together, my friend,
and see how everything is in conversation with everything else,
How everything speaks with the voice of life -
The small breeze that ruffles the hair,
The little pebbles that enter our shoes,
The smell of honeysuckle on the vines nearby.
We are changed by them and change them in our passage.
We are moved by them and move them in our quest.
If we allow our eyes to see what is not visible
and our ears to hear what makes no sound,
Then, the song of this road will make itself felt.
It will carry us into this world of shining life
in which every voice will speak to us
with the voice of God.
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