Elizabeth Barret Browning wrote these provocative lines: “The earth is ablaze with the fire of God, but only those who see it take their shoes off; the rest sit around and pick blackberries.”
What have we done today to take off our “shoes in the presence of the fire of God” blazing in our gardens and fields, our bouquets of golden zinnias, purple asters, monarch butterflies, the beautifully-laden table prepared for a hungry family, or the faces of a child, a spouse or a guest? Did we consciously slow down in order to see? Are we capable of slowing down? Do we want to see? Surely, we don’t want to sit around picking blackberries or being negative about a neighbor, our government or the church when we could rest beside a burning bush, i.e. the holy ground we are standing on!
by Renée Domeier, OSB