“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi
Word of Hope
In a recent small group (Zoom) gathering, the question was raised if we had ever found spiritual truth in a tradition other than our own. Our group gave a resounding yes. Whether Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, or Islam we all found truth in words outside of our Judeo-Christian tradition. In a time when some people claim that their truth is the only truth, finding truth in other traditions is important for creating a basis for common acceptance of each other.
Frankly, I often wonder of God cares about what physical form our worship takes as much as he does what actionable form our worship takes. I think judgement day may include the question “did you do things from your soul?”.
Rumi, the most commonly recognized poet from the Islamic world for those from the Western Christian tradition, could be Christian. His words above could easily be seen as coming from the Psalms, or Jesus, or a Pauline letter. This simple phrase contains great truth. Doing good, what is right, what in our soul we know we should, brings joy like a river. God has seen to that and scientists will tell you it’s a serotonin boost. Some people will say science is denying God. I think this shows God’s great creativity in constructing humankind.
Today as a personal devotion, I encourage you to seek out truth. The internet makes available many sources from all religious traditions. You can even search to see what other traditions say in relation to your favorite Bible passage. Wherever you look, you will find truths. Be open in your mind and your soul and you will find joy.
God of all people, bring us to you. Illuminate our path so brightly that the light shines on the paths of others; and theirs on ours. Open our hearts and minds that we can feel the joy flowing like a river within us.
Order of Saint Francis and Saint Clare