Join me On the Road of Awe to Zion

May our eyes behold your return in mercy to Zion" by Ephraim Moshe Lilien - Milwaukee Jewish Artist's Laboratory. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

As we end our season of meditation on Justice, and turn our attention to the harvest of bliss and awe, and reconnection to our God, I invite you, sisters and brothers to join me on the Road to Zion.

Look for beauty.  Open yourself awe at the scope and scale of cosmos stretching out all around you.  The world is full of mysteries.  A mystery is not an hole in our knowledge.  It is embracing the awe, splendor, and glory of the world around us.

A mystery is a well of power and wonder.  Science can tell me why a rose makes the tender petaled follower that is so pleasant to the eye and whose aroma warms the soul.  The mystery is the connection that exists between the rose and me.  This deep bond is the sacramental connection the opens us to the Divine.

Opening ourselves to these deep connections is the first step on the path of Bliss and Awe that will lead us to the promised land of Zion.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King. God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.
— Psalm 48:1-3

Zion is not on a map

Anyone who tells you that Zion is on a map has never seen the pureland of God.

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
— John 18:36

Zion is the Kingdom of the Heart, the Kingdom of Heaven.  We enter Zion in the laughter of our friends, in the relief of sorrow and suffering, in the beauty and wonder of nature.  When your heart is at peace, you are in Zion.

Zion is not afar off.  She is not in the future time, or conditioned on calamities and violence.  She is here, now.

Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
— Luke 17:20-21

Open your heart to the glory of this present moment.  In the still, quiet now, we can see that we live every moment in the heart of God.  All you have to do is close your eyes, and breathe.  Steady your breath, and rest in the arm of the Presence of God.  Let go of the thoughts as they enter your mind, gently and without judgement.  Just let go.  Focus on your breath until you feel peace enter into you, then open your eyes and realized you in in Zion.  You are in the Promised Land.

Join me in this walk through the path of Zion.  There is only now.