The voyage of faith, the practice of some of the Celtic missionaries was to set sail without oars or rudder and see where they were washed up and then start a Christian community. A free spirit, like a wild goose, which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit in Celtic spirituality. The Spirit is like the wind, “the wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with anyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3: 8.
God is the one who spoke everything into existence, and our creator father longs to speak to us, through the created order. I like the thought that creation magnifies the creator, we are part of creation let us magnify the creator together. The Celts had a focus that centered mainly on the natural environment. That drew them ultimately to their maker and friend, having a reverent relationship with a supernatural God.
The creator invites and welcomes us, beckons us to take the journey of change and transformation. To bring about a restoration, this is a process that can be messy and very emotion filled. This is why we need fellow pilgrims to walk with us, to come by our side. We are touched and influenced by many things, but people are the catalyst for many areas of spiritual formation in our lives. We need a touchstone, a person to listen, walk with us, and be a comfort and support in the roller-coaster of emotions that we will encounter in the different stages of our lives.
We get excited and motivated by many sources, books, blogs, videos, people, inspiring us, and filling us with hope and giving us a focus. Then there are times of disappointment and disillusionment that rise and stand strong like guards at the door of our dreams, not allowing us to pass, not allowing entry.
We don’t understand why we are not allowed entry and question what is God doing, but we know it is for our good. The closed-door or the way not passable, is a sign for us to read, it may not be no, but not at this time. It may not be the right season, and these barriers are signs that ultimately change and transformation us. They inform us that we are being prepared, and we will, if we are patient, and wait with anticipation, access of entry into our dreams, will come and is nearer than we thought, and we are standing at the threshold in anticipation, for that door to open.
Psalm 23:1 – 4
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.
God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.
God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.
God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.
(Ancient celtic oral traditions – carmina gadelica) Read more at: http://www.faithandworship.com/Celtic_Blessings_and_Prayers.htm#ixzz5bMqsInuz
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