I'm looking back at the same piece from Merton that was used yesterday.
We must learn to realize that the love of God seeks us in every situation, and seeks our good. His inscrutable love seeks our awakening. True, since this awakening implies a kind of death to our exterior self, we will dread His coming in proportion as we are identified with this exterior self and attached to it. But when we understand the dialectic of life and death we will learn to take the risk implied by faith, to make the choices that deliver us from our routine self and open to us the door of a new being, a new reality.
This love invites us to take a risk. The risk is that we may not continue to be the person we have been trying to make of ourselves. The risk is that being caught up in this love and this good we will begin to see all thing with new eyes and that may rightly change us...oh my! That is not what we all want when we are tied to the life of facades that can so easily be each of us. I find that it is simply a delight when our exteriors are allowed to drop and in the midst of others we are standing within the whirlwind of God's love that enables us to see and hear each other in new ways. In those times, we are taking part in that new heaven and earth...that promise...that hope. It is then that we really do begin to make the choices that break routines and chains and barriers and become the beloved community that we are in the sight of our God.
Connection: Breaking that routine is risky and it is a daily discipline. But if we fall away from the discipline, the next moment and the next day always finds us caught up in the same embrace of our loving God.
Constant Love, you make life the breeding ground of life that changes and blossoms with new flowers of love and hope and grace and forgiveness. It is wonderful to walk in this garden and to be a part of its wonder and beauty as we walk along with you. Thanks to you, O God. Amen.