.My husband is the most spiritually-aware man I know. I think he was born with the sense of belonging to something greater than himself and has simply taken his divine connection as a matter of course, just letting it be refined over time as he discovered methods of expression that suited him. These days he smiles more and says less as he softly retreats into the silence of increasing deafness. As he approaches his 90th birthday, his mobility is compromised so that he cannot engage in the visual and kinesthetic creativities he once did, but none of this seems to trouble him in the least. His spiritual connection is as strong as it ever was, and he knows he is greatly loved. For him it doesn’t get any better than this.
This is a man who calls God, “Papa,” and please don’t mistake this as some reference to a Big Guy in the Sky. For my husband it is simply a comfortable appellation he uses when he turns his mind to Infinite ways. The minute he thinks of Papa, the door to the Universe opens to him, and he is once more immersed in the inner life he loves best. It is natural for him to say, “Papa’s on the job. All’s well,” and a small world of people who know him seem to love it too. No lights, no bells, just the quiet turn to Papa.
It’s important, I think, for each of us to recognize a personal connection to whatever we believe, something made alive and vital. Spiritual principles are all well and good, but there needs to be a beating heart through all of it. These are complicated times, and it is a complex world we live in. I think we need all the help we can get, both internally and externally. We may look to more intricate formulas to secure ourselves, which are, of course, our choices, but perhaps something as simple as “Papa’s on the job. All’s well,” may do.
It is certainly worth the effort.
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