As the Deer... So I Long

As the Deer... So I Long

dscn0256.jpgI usually get up very early in the morning and sit by my window overlooking the river while I have my coffee. I use that time to meditate before I start my first lap of painting early in the day before anyone else gets up. However, I detected movement in my backyard and noticed these two fawns grazing and relaxing there. They are beautiful and graceful creatures. It gave me a sense of peace and serenity. I watched them for a long time. One even lied down to rest for a while as the other one kept grazing. Sure, there seems to be so much to get riled over. There is lots to concern us and tons to be anxious about. Somehow this all misses the point, doesn't it? Even my frustrations over the church fade in the light of simple beauty. There is a place of peace. There is a profound simplicity to be found and in which to abide. All the storms and assaults of life continue. But isn't there a deep place of sanctuary where all the conflicting currents ultimately can't affect us? Isn't there a vast geography of profound blessing that is full of benediction and peace? Yes, I believe there is, but we must discover it! And it is at once desert and oasis, both terrible and serene.

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