May 6, 2020
What I love about preparing to write these letters is that I find myself more aware of what God puts before me to share with you. Right after sending the last email about the miracle of one meal, it came to me that I should say grace before eating anything. So I decided my grace would be “Bless this food and all who are connected to bringing this food before me.” The next day when I was reading a daily meditation from Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, I “coincidentally” (which I like to call a God wink) came across a quote he had included by Thich Nhat Hanh, a famous Buddhist monk. It perfectly described what I was feeling when I made up my grace. His grace was:
In this plate of food,
I see the entire universe
supporting my existence
Reading and saying this grace gave me a profound, heartfelt feeling of the connection of humanity and the miracle of how God makes this universe work together for our good.
On another occasion this week, I “coincidentally” came across another quote by Thich Nhat Hanh which I would also like to share with you:
“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.”
And finally, the third “coincidence” that occurred after my last email to all of you came from my brother sharing with me what he had written in a newsletter for a contemplation group he has been participating in for many years. He shared the Greek origin of the word “apocalyptic”, which I am sure Pastor Lisa will fully appreciate.
The word “apocalyptic” pops up on occasion to describe this time of pandemic with its common definition: “destruction.” For me, this descriptor promotes limits and constraints. The Greek origin of the word means to “reveal or uncover,” which seems more aligned with optimism, and perhaps a chance to see things more clearly.
I know that this is true for me and I pray that you have experienced this too. With this pandemic, may we more clearly see how God works through all of humanity for the good of the universe. May we clearly recognize the “coincidences” in our lives as evidence of this, and may we clearly “view life as if everything is a miracle” (Einstein).
Please stay safe and healthy. Another email will be sent with links to resources which may be of help during these challenging times.
With love and peace,
Cass Rulon-Miller, MS, NBCC