A lake as calm as glass;
A circle of pine trees enjoying a near-perfect reflection in the fragile lake mirror;
And I am privileged to contemplate both from my aqua cycle perspective on the lake.
In this deeply contemplative moment, startling questions emerge within me:
- How could I know the mystery of "treeness" if all I ever experienced was its reflection?
- How could I feel, smell, throw my arms around a tree if all I knew was its reflection?
And I notice how the subtle and/or turbulent movements of the water affect this reflected image.
Photo by Sister Amy Taylor, FSPA
Then the soul-searching question:
Is this not the way that I know God and God Presence -- through God's reflected images? And how does my inner quiet or lack thereof affect the mirror of my life to reflect God Presence?
This, for me, is prayer: to invite my inner spirit into the quiet of God's Spirit so that in my inner quiet I may listen to find the courage and RESPOND.
Franciscan Way is a series featuring prayerful reflection by Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.