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27 Oct

 

 

 

While taking a break from studying for an Old Testament mid-term exam I thought I’d post pictures of these leaves that I found outside my door. It was my friend Joy who drew my attention to their beauty. It was a good reminder for it is the spiritual practice of attentiveness that I’ve been paying lip service to this month but struggle to have time for on a daily basis.

I’m reading Thomas Merton’s book, New Seeds of Contemplation, and feel one of his thoughts would fit in well here: “The forms and individual characters of living and growing things, of inanimate beings, of animals and flowers and all nature, constitute their holiness in the sight of God. Their inscape is their sanctity. It is the imprint of God’s wisdom and God’s reality in them…The leaf has its own texture and its own pattern of veins and its own holy shape...

In my time in theology classes, however long or short this season of study will be, it is the process of art as a spiritual practice and the myriad of forms that may take (attentiveness, gratitude, play, and delight…) that I explore. Finding out more about others like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Thomas Merton and the paths they’ve walked has been a real gift in this season of my life.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in photographs

 

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