The Call of Retreat: Unfurl

I go on a long walk through the forest listening for the word calling to me.  It is a form of lectio divina I practice where nature is the sacred text revealing holy wonders to my heart.  I step further into the silence of trees and moss and ferns.  The forest floor is covered with ferns, creation’s lush and extravagant gesture.  At first I notice the large and mature ones with their wide leaves, but soon my gaze is called to tend to these tender shoots unfurling themselves.  If I listen closely I can hear the quiet movements of a symphony rising, the steady rhythm of the forest breathing, the song of adoration whispered from outstretched branches.

Suddenly all I can see are a profusion of delicate green spirals  each slowly revealing the grace of beginnings.  I pause at each one bending down in an act of supplication.  Each one calls me to unfurl into my life’s deepest desires.  My heart quickens.  I sing my own holy yes in response.

What is unfurling within you?

Christine Valters Paintner is a Spiritual Director and blogs at Abbeyofthearts.com

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