From the Pulpit: In the center, you’ll find a relationship with God
Turning and turning on the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of compassionate intensity.
— William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”
Richard Rohr’s book titled, “Everything Belongs,” begins with these words. I’ve read them many times. Each time I read them I construct a deeper meaning.
Somehow they seem to speak to me about my “second coming” where I examine my lived life at this point in time. Have I been living on the boundaries of my life? Didn’t I understand the center? When I began gaining some understanding was I afraid to go there? What is the center of my life, the core of my existence? Do I exist to simply fulfill my human needs and wants on the edges of my life?
This has been my focus for many years. It is so easy to get caught up in the boundaries of my life. There are relationships to build, family to take care of, and seemingly at times, hundreds of daily tasks necessary for living. I am missing something when I choose to live my life in this manner. I am missing some deeper meaning, some consuming truth, some enveloping relationship that I need, that I seek and that I desire. I search for this on the exterior of my being. It isn’t there, it is at the center of who I am. In that center where I find that relationship with God.
How do I find this place, where God exists for me? It happened suddenly for me, or so it seemed. On reflection, it was happening over time, this awakening to God and all that God wants to be in my life. Where do I go now when I have some understanding of the God Spirit in me? What do I seek? How do I carry on a relationship with the Creator of the universe?
I believe that God wants this relationship as much as I do. It’s a one-on-one relationship that I don’t understand sometimes. It is a gift, a gift from God. All I have to do is receive it, to be open to all that it has to offer me.
Have you found the center of your life? Is God waiting there for you?