Mystic Summit

February 1, 2021
Good afternoon,”  The sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:8-9

Today is the first day of the Mystic Summit. I learned something right away. Do not judge a book by its mystic cover. I have read a lot of books by Anne Lamott. She is a cultural interpreter, a cynic and alcoholic ( she has not had a drink in 35 years ). I would have never thought of her as a mystic. She is cranky and angry, by her own words. Anne was the first and lead speaker for the five day summit.

” … pay attention to everything from the dairy aisle to the mountains of Nepal… “. This is one of the definitions of Lamott for a mystical life. Try to be aware of everything around you, and do not make judgments. And you do not need to go around the world to have an experience with the Divine. It may be someone, or something, or some writing that moves you to God. That is mystical.

In the passage from the Psalms, the steadfast love of God will be with us forever. The writer gives many examples including some difficult ones, like the death of the first born sons of Egypt. What does the steadfast love of God mean for your life ? When have you met God in  ” steadfast love ” ? This is also mystical.

We will look at your trees today.
We will look at your clouds,
And your people,
And your smoke
And the cold weather.
You are everywhere.
Speak to us into your Presence.


Soaring like Vultureslifted up by unseen HandsTrust, silent enters my fears     Monica Pieper Landoni 2021