By Anna Berger
No one in the world knows you’re here,
Atop this ridge with your rose-flushed face and the dirt smudges up and down your faintly aching legs,
you are alone.
But God is no one because God is the One and the world is God’s and there’s a whisper of something else in this place amongst the silence.
It takes the solitude to realize that the solitude is not absolute,
To realize that you are you anywhere and everywhere,
Under the din and the clamor and the glare from the sun that reflects and distracts and detracts from the thing itself.
To realize that life is life everywhere,
That true faith and true life are in the little moments, the sticky moments, the ones that the writers and the filmmakers conveniently pass over.
You are here,
and the other creatures in these woods, they too are here,
and you are all here together and that is important.
In mid-May, the Confluence Service Corps members spent a contemplative weekend in silence at the Abbey of Getsemani in Bardstown, Kentucky, taking the time to reflect on their year of service, justice, and community, further engaging in discernment through prayer, journaling, and meditation. Follow the link for other selected reflections from their time.
Confluence is accepting applications for the 2016-17 Episcopal Service Corps Year. College grads between the ages of 21 – 30 are encouraged to apply today! https://esc.hiretouch.com/