What is serious to men is often trivial in the sight of God. What in
God might appear to us as “play” is perhaps what He Himself takes most
seriously. At any rate, the Lord plays and diverts himself in the
garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with
what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His
call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance. . . . we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds, and join in the general dance.” – Thomas Merton in New Seeds of Contemplation

“I will become even more undignified than this.” – King David regarding his dancing half-naked in the streets (2 Samuel 6:22).  

You ride in
large loops circling 

the L-shaped
curve of the driveway. 

Perched on
your tall, blue bike,

it’s pedal,
pedal, pedal, coast and turn 

in that
small space under the Indian-summer 

sky.  There’s a kitten zipped into your hoodie, 

black face
and whiskers peaking out as you 

pedal, pedal, coast and turn. 

Right there,
between the green grass 

and ceiling
of blue, you feel the freedom 

and joy that
has been missing for too long.  

Not only do
you feel it but, for once, 

you value
it, holding it as a prize, 

a pearl of
great price.  The Day Care parents 

come and go
next door, moving from work 

to work and
you – soaring under the golden 

sky, the
soft fur of a sweet being warm 

against your
chest – you don’t care who sees.   

Laura Boggess’ new book Playdates with God: Hvaing a Childlike Faith in a Grownup World was released this week.  Are you ready to meet God with the heart of a child?  Visit her blog where she is blogging 31 Days of Playdates  for the month of October.

 This is our other kitten, all zipped up happy and snug in my hoodie while I work on cooking dinner.  The other night she sat on my shoulder for a long time watching me peel potatoes.  The joy of kittens is restoring, for me, some of the joy of my childhood and for that I’m deeply grateful. 

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