|Duck in Tinker Wetlands|
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,what are the riches of gloryin his inheritance among the holy ones,and what is the surpassing greatness of his powerfor us who believe.... Ephesians 1:18-19This is from the second reading for Ascension Thursday. Perhaps it was the first line that attracted me so strongly since I have been praying for the Spirit to open my heart to the presence of the Divine One in my life and, indeed, in all life. That has begun to seem to me to be the only prayer that I can really make. When Jesus told his followers to believe and then ask the Father anything in his name and it will be given, I think he was speaking about just such a prayer.
If my heart is open to the Divine One, then life unfolds is a life giving, if unpredictable, way. Jesus told us that the Spirit is like the wind. We all know when it is present but we have no idea where it comes from or, more important, where it is going. So it is, he said, with people of the spirit, people whose hearts have been open to the action of the Divine One in their lives.
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:8It is tempting to think that there is some process involved here so that we can know exactly where we are in our relationship with the Divine One. But any attempt to impose some process can only take us further away from the underlying reality of giving ourselves fuly and completely to the Spirit.
So my prayer has become a simpler version of the passage from Ephesians.
Open the eyes of my heart so I can see the hope you offer, the richness of the life you offer, and the power of faith in you.