A Bright Sadness: Being and Breath

With wide-embracing love
Thy spirit animates eternal years
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears

Though earth and moon were gone
And suns and universes ceased to be
And Thou wert left alone
Every Existence would exist in thee

There is not room for Death
Nor atom that his might could render void
Since thou art Being and Breath
And what thou art may never be destroyed.

~Emily Bronte from “No Coward Soul is Mine” The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Bronte

There is nothing apart from God,
There is nothing apart from His breath and being.

Not even death sets us apart
in the already, but not yet.

Why then do we struggle to know Him
and to be known?

Our DNA pulses with His image~
our very atoms designed to celebrate and worship Him.

So let us listen, for a change, to our atoms
and blossom richly with His spirit.

It’s time already.


3 thoughts on “A Bright Sadness: Being and Breath

  1. “Why…do we struggle to know Him and to be known ?”

    I suspect that all of humanity has struggled with that deeply personal self-revealing question since our Creator-God gave us being, life, breath AND the gift of independent ‘free ‘will.’
    There are so many possible reasons for this gap in our personal relationship with God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. Some reasons may be due to our fear that He knows us and
    our human failures and inadequacies so intimately that we feel totally naked before his gaze. It is so easy to hide our shortcomings (and ‘sins’) from each other but He is
    the ONE exception to that possibility. He knows every cell in our body, every act, every thought that emanates from our being. We may use that gift of free will to such extended possibilities, good and evil, that we don’t want any interference – from anyone — even from the gift-giver, God Himself. In the same vein, when we abuse that gift, hopefully, we feel a sense of guilt and deep sorrow that we find it difficult to live with so we ‘hide’ from Him as we try so hard to remove the weight from our soul. We forget (or deny) all together that He is the source of all mercy, forgiveness, redemption. He accepts our sorrow for our acts – both those of commission and omission –
    wipes the slate clean as He removes the intolerable burden of guilt that we have been carrying for so long. One final thought for our deliberate distance from God are the self-hidden excuses we claim for doing so: Pride, Ego,, Arrogance, Presumption….

    Thank you for your inspiration, your much-needed self-examination today, Emily.
    In addition, the photos you have chosen are exceptionally, graphically pertinent in adding so much to your text.

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