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cracking our shins + heading north

July 7, 2010

I always find great release and peace as I head from city to country, from noise to nature. As I begin to ready myself to head north with my House Church to camp for the next four days, I can feel my entire body begin to slow down. My chest begins to breathe slower, my tongue lingers longer on the taste of sweet, ripe cherries; I feel such an intense release of pressure and stress that I feel like I might nearly be in tears from it.

As I continue reading through Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World, I am continually astonished by how deeply this book speaks to me. This quote in particular stood out to me today:

“Human beings may separate things into as many piles as we wish—separating spirit from flesh, sacred from secular, church from world. But we should not be surprised when God does not recognize the distinctions we make between the two. Earth is so thick with divine possibility that it is a wonder we can walk anywhere without cracking our shins on altars.” (p. 15)

This divinity springs up at me from all angles. Something as simple as folding clothes to go into my backpack or slicing through fresh zucchini to make a salad finds me in a state of acute awareness that this ground is holy. Even as I type, I’m listening to Alexi Murdoch’s song “Wait” over and over again, feeling like I might burst into tears just because it’s so beautiful.

I can’t wait to get north and bury my bare toes in the soft, loamy dirt, to hear the soft whoosh of the waves and smell the sharp crackle of a campfire. I can’t wait to spend four days with girls who love me well and who I continually find evermore surprising and wonderful.

Drinking wine and laughing big belly-laughs, floating down a river as my fingers skim the water, snuggling in with blankets and snacks at the drive-in movie theater…

…summer, community and divinity at its very best.

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