by Carol Kelly
Ice is not water. It is “suspended” water, caught up in coldness. It is without its “wateriness”, which in its essence is always in movement. As ice begins to melt, it begins to crack, pulsate, gush, roar, bubble and flow. These sounds become a musical healing for us. Life is “starting up again” after cold suspension. It will carry us, sustain us, purify, absorb, mediate, dissolve and reflect for us. Selflessly.
All of this happens through warmth. We can experience the incredible gifts of water especially now, in the peak of summer, when we are also able to fully enjoy it.
Perhaps we have also been “frozen” by the coldness of the world. Maybe we also know that “suspended in time” feeling when we are really not ourselves but we don’t know what to do to get free of the state we’re in. Is it just a pleasant coincidence that the human body is so much water? That the human soul is also like water? That it needs to move, to mediate, even to serve?
Warmth makes us more “ourselves”, more human, more accessible. Is it possible that the warmth of the sun, coming from above, is the same as the warmth that streams from every human heart? Is warmth a part of our humanity? In this time of midsummer, in the warmth of the sun and the movement of water, we have an experience of “Agape.” That is the highest form of love which opens the soul and allows us to become an instrument able to carry, sustain, purify, absorb and mediate. Selflessly.
Carol is a priest in The Christian Community in College Park, MD. You can find out more here: http://www.ccgwb.org / www.thechristiancommunity.org