September 24, 2015
I wish to have discourse on the quality of love known as reverence. This quality manifests as a deep appreciation for the splendor and beauty of the world around one. It is also an inner longing to connect to something greater than oneself. It is a quality of the heart that leads one to look for the good in all things. The feeling of reverence gives voice to one’s desire for a connection to the divine, to find fulfillment beyond oneself in the mystery of life and the sacredness of all things. Embodying this quality brings one closer to other people and to the world around them. It is the experience of transcending oneself and opening to something greater. It is feeling a sense of wonder that the beauty and glory that they experience in the world was brought forth from the Creator for their sheer enjoyment of it. These feelings are sacred moments which encompass a disposition of the heart that acknowledges the beauty, goodness and wonder of every creation. It fills their heart with praise and gratitude to the Creator for the beauty, the wonder, and the mystery of creation. They celebrate the Creator as the source and foundation of all things, seen, unseen and felt.
Reverence is experienced as awe and amazement at the vastness of silence when one gazes up at the night sky which is filled with the sparkle of worlds without end. It is a deep appreciation of the expansiveness of the gift that is freely bestowed, bringing a sense of oneness within each soul. It is a natural response to the marvels of divine creation. Reverence is the movement within one’s heart that comes through hearing a piece of music or a song, through a work of art or writing, through the birth of a child, or through contemplating and simply feeling the exquisite beauty in the composition of all things great and small. Reverence felt within one’s heart is a force which draws their focus inward and fortifies and invigorates their soul. They acknowledge this life force within them by holding reverence and respect for self and others in all ways. They hold reverence and respect for the Earth and all of her creations by using the gifts of Earth’s intelligence, creativity and loving compassion in replenishing ways that restore, sustain, and regenerate all life.