Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Like a Weaned Child

One reason that I always look forward to Christmas is that it reminds me to once again reflect upon the the pure simplicity of what it means to understand the love of God. At Christmas I am reminded that God's love is simple - it is the birth of God made flesh that completely silences the complex multitude of questions and wonderings and misgivings that can so quickly prevade the life of the mind.

Psalm 131 expresses the quietness of this simple love.

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.