I tried to find Him on the Christian cross, but He
was not there; I went to the Temple of the
Hindus and to the old pagodas, but I could not
find a trace of Him anywhere.
I searched on the mountains and in the valleys
but neither in the heights nor in the depths was I
able to find Him. I went to the Ka’bah in Mecca,
but He was not there either.
I questioned the scholars and philosophers but
He was beyond their understanding.
I then looked into my heart and it was there
where He dwelled that I saw Him; He was
nowhere else to be found.
Allah by Rumi
It is my prayer that we discover this God in our hearts and that this God leave us not as we are found. I pray we are transformed as we encounter the heart of God. That what breaks God’s heart breaks ours. That we cease division upon human differances and unify in the love of God. Our culture is filled with idols. Religious idols of yesterday. Religious idols of today. Religious idols of tomorrow. Do we worship a God that spans the length of time? Do we worship the God that cannot depart from our spirit? To whom do we worship? What God holds your life in cherished hands? Is not this God then that created all, loves all, and judges with mercy and grace not bigger than the idolic institutions to which we hold so dearly too?
Sisters and brothers when do we move beyond the majesty of self and into the majesty of God? For our hearts are the place to which God inhabits that transforming peace we so desperately seek. I seek a God that lies nowhere and everywhere in between the places of idolitry