Advent Devotion 6

I’ll Dance Instead

Eugina Robertson

 

This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand."

Matthew 13:13 (NIV)

 

I saw an episode called, "God Help Us", of a seven part miniseries called Belief. There was an account of a Catholic woman who had a horrible accident and had been clinically dead for two minutes. During that time she kept hearing the words of a poem by the Sufi Muslim Rumi, which she had read twenty years earlier.

I have lived on the edge of insanity.

Wanting to know reasons.

Knocking on a door.

It opens.

I've been knocking from the inside.

 

When she awoke from a coma, the doctors told her she would never walk again. She then thought to her self, that's OK, I'll dance in stead!  She had remembered that Rumi had developed a unique meditation called twirling, which became known as the whirling dervish. After three years of training, she became the only Catholic official whirling dervish.

 

"Know that personal power is not about changing the world around you. It is about the power to change the world within you." Deepak Chopra

"One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests." John Stuart Mill

 

"For behold, The Kingdom of Heaven is in your midst." Luke 17:21

 

God, Help us to change our world through our beliefs. Amen.