The poet Mary Oliver writes,
.......what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled -
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking
into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing -
that the light is everything........And I do.
In my own life, I've found that when I've welcomed in the unexpected--whether that be person, place or experience--I just might experience what Mary Oliver calls "the white fire of a great mystery." One of the enduring themes of the Bible is to welcome the stranger. How about you? When have you welcomed a stranger and been surprised, dazzled even, by what you discovered?
Blessings, Rev. Beth
Mary Oliver, House of Light, "The Ponds", 1992