Blog 2435 – 06.25.2022
The Eternal Moment
If we spend all our time and effort on get rich quick schemes and trying to gain and hold on to power we just might overlook the greatest prize of all, experiencing an eternal moment. I came across the concept of “the eternal moment” while searching for my own true identity. Like Hansel and Gretel I was following the bread crumbs placed there to guide me home when I first read the phrase and realized that home, like the kingdom of heaven was within me, and that all the outward world was merely a reflection, a projection, of the richer, fuller, Universe within me, within us every one.
The poet has written that, “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” It is those moments when our focus is so intense that we stop breathing that we realize we are more than the moment, more than breath, that we are life itself.
I did not realize when I hugged my daughter good-bye after a wonderful weekend together near Jamestown, Tennessee, where I was staying in my brother’s cabin while I was working in nearby Livingston, Tennessee ten years ago, that it would be the last hug we would share this go round. Emily had driven over from her beloved Virginia to spend a weekend with me. Neither of us knew when we planned that visit that she would be performing not just one but two concerts before two adoring audiences. I, of course, knew that my daughter had the voice of an angel, but my brother, his companion, and their friends had never heard her sing. Well, they did and those were moments to remember, eternal moments, that all who experienced them will carry always.
In these eye-opening, heart and mind-opening moments we are made aware that we are in the presence of the divine, that riches and power are overshadowed by true glory, by true divinity. Christianity teaches that the reward for a life well-lived is to hear God say, “Well done, my faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.” I believe they miss the mark, that is a sin. Living is it’s own reward and I have come to believe that long before we began this life and long after it is over our hearts and minds will echo with words we heard long, long ago, in one of those eternal moments, “This is my beloved child in whom I am well-pleased.”
That, my friends, is Who and Whose we are, have always been, are now, and will ever be throughout this eternal moment.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
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