Seeing the Sacred in the Everyday

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
Thich Nhat Hanh

The beyond is not what is infinitely remote, but what is nearest at hand.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We came to look for the sacred
On a Saturday in Rehoboth
So we had to exercise
Our eyes and ears and all our senses
Especially the extra ones that have no name
We had to wait

We talked
About the holy and the ordinary
The transcendent and the commonplace
The consecrated and the everyday
We talked
About the irruption of the sacred into the world
And the mark it makes on what we believe is real
We came to look for the sacred

We walked out
Into the world of color
And light and sound
That sharp smell of pine
Geese calling across the lake
To see if we could capture it
To see if it would show itself

We were equipped
We had cameras! We had camera phones!
We walked out and looked around
Everything was there

The rain stopped
The sun came out
The creation opened
Here is what we saw


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