Exchanged Life


Today is my son’s birthday. As it turns out, he shares a birthday with Mary – mother of Yeshua. Two days ago, his own son turned one year old. I hold and cherish the beautiful symmetry of this. It emerges as an intimate, dynamic sense of an endless exchange of love that births an endless exchange of life. Both are implicit in the togetherness or inseparability of Mary and Yeshua. It seems a beautiful expression of divine mystery.

And this exchange of love and life feels central to divine mystery. Somehow, knowing this, allows me to also understand in my heart that giving and receiving love is my particular participation in the reality of endlessly exchanged life.

So, as I look upon my son and my grandson, I enter the divine mystery that is so central to being alive and present. And, today, in this beautiful moment so replete with the symmetry of an endless exchange of love birthing an endless exchange of life, the mystery emerges as inextricably connected and dynamic.

How we happen and continue to happen in each other- through love -feels central to the divine mystery. At the same time, it feels unique and distinctly personal – it is a divine relationship – an intimate dance of co-creation.

‘Blessed be the mind that dreamed you into being. On this echoing-day of your birth, May you open the gift of solitude in order to receive your soul; enter the generosity of silence to hear your hidden heart; know the serenity of stillness to be enfolded anew by the miracle of your being.’ John O’Donohue




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