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
curve of the driveway.
your tall, blue bike,
pedal, pedal, coast and turn
small space under the Indian-summer
sky. There’s a kitten zipped into your hoodie,
and whiskers peaking out as you
pedal, pedal, coast and turn.
between the green grass
of blue, you feel the freedom
and joy that
has been missing for too long.
Not only do
you feel it but, for once,
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
soft fur of a sweet being warm
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.