Interrupt Yourself

27 07 2012

by LU MOUNTENAY, Spiritual Formation Team

The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises. The wind blows to the south, and goes around to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. All streams run…Ladies and gentlemen—we interrupt this scripture from Ecclesiastes 1:5–7 (NRSV) to bring you the following story:

I have a niece named Carmen. She talks nonstop. She often stops mid-sentence and asks, “Oh, and can I say something?” She actually interrupts herself!

It reminds me of a Spiritual Formation Team meeting with about 12 others in Florida. After dinner we settled back into serious work. However, I realized it was time for the sun to set. I felt it was time for us to see the sun set, even though our big window did not face west.

I took a chance. I rudely interrupted our team leader, Carolyn Brock, and said, “Let’s go out on the deck and watch the sun set.” Looks of surprise and then hesitation flashed around the table. But everyone stood and said, “Let’s do it.” Then doubts went through my mind—I hope it’s a good one.

It was! (How could a sunset not be good?) It was colorful and stunning. After a while, one by one, we reluctantly returned to the table. The team thanked me for the interruption.

Yes, the sun sets every day. Ho-hum. But do we look at it every day with appreciation? Look and see anew the gift of the Creator? Do we interrupt our daily, hourly, and by-the-minute agenda to be aware of the creative Spirit in all elements? I am comforted by the cycle of life, which day after awesome day brings me back full circle to my God, and I offer gratitude.

Spiritual Practice: Time with God
Sit quietly and let your breathing become calm and deep. Ask God’s Spirit to rest on you. See or sense the Spirit anointing you in the form of light, a dove, wind, color, or other images that might come. Ask to be made aware of God’s love. Listen to the ways in which God wants to flow from your heart as living water. Give thanks that your name is “beloved,” that our name is Community of Christ.



One response

27 07 2012

We all need to take time to “be with God”. Good spiritual disciple is essential for health and happiness. Thank you Lu for this wonderful story.

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