The Gift of Life

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“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


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Ezekiel 47:9, 12

Wherever it flows, the river teems with every kind of living creature; fish will abound. Where these waters flow they refresh; everything lives where the river goes. Along each bank of the river every kind of fruit tree will grow; their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail.


In today’s scripture from the prophet Ezekiel, the river is the key to the flourishing of everything living in it and around it.

All these living things are benefiting from this source of life without any expected quid pro quo.

They are all receiving the gift of life.

But without knowing, they are not only receiving but giving.

The trees near the banks of the river emit oxygen for the benefit of other living creatures.

The living creatures feed upon other living creatures in the river, and even their waste products are used for food for tiny microorganisms.

Nothing goes to waste in the grand circle of life.

There is a metaphorical River fueling each of our lives as well.

This Life-Giving-Energy is always Flowing.

We are immersed in it.

You might call it God in whom we live and move and have our being as St. Paul put it (Acts 17:28).

We are called to say “yes” to its Flow and allow it to carry us.

It is then that we will bear much fruit.

The life our souls are given in these human bodies is a total gift.

But it is not ours to hold on to but to give away.

This is the beauty of Love, of the Divine.

How magnificent, wondrous, and glorious it is!


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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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