The Left Hand of God

I’m sharing part of today’s meditation by Richard Rohr, titled “The Left Hand of God”.  In it, he talks about facing “the joy and wonder of life” as well as the dark side of life that he describes as “the left hand of God or the painful mystery of things”.

In discussing this painful mystery of life, he also shares the following poem wirtten by Rainer Maria Rilke.

“God speaks to each of us as God makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night.  These are the words we dimly hear:  You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing.  Embody me.  Flare up like flame and make big shadows I can move in.  Let everything happen to you:  beauty and terror.  Just keep going.  No feeling is final.  Don’t let yourself lose me.  Nearby is the country they call life.  You will know it by its seriousness.  Give me your hand.”



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