A Kaleidoscope of Colors

A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLORS
 

Eckhart Tolle says of living life, “Your life situation exists in time, your life is here,” which leads to approaching death as Dag Hammarskjold comments “Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment.”
 
In the last few days walking through airports seeing the suffering from Hurricanes, and visiting with one twenty three year old facing the death sentence, sitting with two seventeen and eighteen year old’s one as we play computer games throughout the night, and  the other smoking pot in the desert, who not by their own choice find themselves without parents, and living lives far different than they lived several years ago, and texting with a twenty one year old in the early morning hours who uses speed and comments, “The

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drug makes me feel like a god!”All of this reminds me of the many ghosts in our lives, from money, power, sex, and prestige, ghosts that are addictions

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dominate.

​All of us have ghosts, all of have addictions.​
​ It depends on whom we choose to following in living with those ghosts.​
 
For me these days has reminded me of how I walk on the edge, and have all my life, and if it was not for my relationship with Jesus, I wonder, where would I be. For this relationship at times 

​I have held on to by a thin thread​, but by holding on I have survived, and have worked with many. By following that transforming power, and allowing myself to be opened, I have lived life.  And in the midst of depression, fear, rejection, and misunderstanding, have known that I belong to Him. Jesus of Nazareth has loved me without judgment, none whatsoever, and out of that love I have had no choice but to love others, to give myself as totally as I  can to others. To meet people without judgment and simply love them for who they are. Paul tells us in Romans, that “Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God,” and in that knowledge nothing scares me, taunts me, or runs me off.
The reason I never offer judgment is simply Jesus never offers judgment on me, but allows me to find my own way, simply being present to me. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
However much concerned I was at the problem of misery in the world, I never let myself get lost in brooding over it. I always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of it to an end.
– Albert Schweitzer
 
(How might you do that today?)
 
 

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.
Temenos Catholic Worker
Society of Franciscan Workers, Inc
Po. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
www.temenos.org
415-305-2124

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