Sunday, May 23, 2010
I am in a great deal of pain. I have a very messed up foot which gives me a great deal of pain from time to time and this is one of those times. It's excruciating. I can barely hear myself think.
Years ago, I heard a sermon by Tim Cook, who is the minister of the Church of Conscious Harmony in Austin. (I know, I know--the name. But there is nothing implied. It is a church dedicated to conscious living--MINDFUL LIVING. And the minister is simply the best extemporaneous speaker I have ever heard.) In this sermon, Father Cook spoke about how St. Teresa said, "Oh, how I love my suffering for it brings me so much closer to God." He preached an entire sermon about the idea of suffering bringing us so much closer to God.
I didn't "get" it.
I bought a cassette of the sermon and I played it over and over and over again in my car.
And I still didn't get it.
I still don't get it.
Mostly, I connect the most with God through my joy. I feel the closest to my Creator when I am joyful because I think it's the way we could feel all the time if we had an unbroken awareness of God. It feels like a taste of heaven. It feels like what I could feel like all the time if I wasn't so broken.
I'm going to think about that today. And I'm going to think about how I can find my God even in this enormous pain. What am I supposed to be learning?
Also, I feel like I might do a little crying. (It really hurts.)
(I am leaving the comments open but this is not the place to debate religion, to point out the error of my ways, nor to demean others for having differing views.)