But if that wicked slave says to himself, 'My master is delayed,' and he begins to beat his fellow slaves, and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that slave will come.. --Matthew 24:48-50a
It is, perhaps, the thoughtlessness that is so deadly. Imagine the scene: a group of drunken people brawling in chaos, violence ready to burst forth from the seams of charged emotions, a sloppy attitude about food and drink that leads to an absence of awareness of the gifted nature of that food and drink. It is as if the desires of the body have become the tail that wags the dog and in the frantic freneticism to fill those desires, a seedy thoughtlessness trickles into the empty spaces that desire leaves behind. As those spaces fill, a glazed malaise takes over the soul and the very actions that should engender beauty, delight, enjoyment, and gratitude become nothing other than arenas for exploitation and greed. We are left at the end of the frenzy sated with nothing but interior toxins. The damage to our bodies and to our souls is severe because whole pieces of our lives have been completely ‘missed’ through our lack of care and thought.
Unchecked desires usher us down the path of thoughtlessness. Thoughtlessness deprives us of the possibility of truly seeing, breathing, and tasting the life that pulses before us waiting to be experienced. But, seeing breathing, and tasting that life with awareness keeps us in the sacred space of stillness.
O God when the evening breeze brushes the tips of the trees and the lake glistens under the waxing moon, I stand mute before the miracle of nature. I know, then, the wonder of every moment, every morsel, every nugget of life. My own desires seem muted – brought together in stillness within me. Awaken me to the poignancy of the greater life around me, so that I do not step into the quagmire of thoughtlessness.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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