Question: Book yourself a play date. What did you do?
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Transcript of Video:
I often find that I get to play in the monastic life when I’m meditating on Scripture, because I find there’s a playfulness to the poetry, to the images, to everything that’s there. My favorite play image is actually the Creation of the world. In Genesis there are two accounts. There’s a story of God by fiat or by word, creating things in this very magisterial kind of way. But it’s followed by a second line in which I find God is in the cosmic sandbox if you will. There’s the ground with the moisture rising up below and beginnings of vegetation, and God playing with the red earth, making the first “earth being.” I can see God delighting in it – delighting in it like a small child in the sandbox, having created something that they’ve never made before.
In a recent retreat that we had, our community retreat, Br. Luke, invited us to play and passed on to us some homemade clay. I’ve had a wonderful time playing and being the Creator God by creating an earth being out of clay and then breathing into it the breath of life. Perhaps that’s an image for your Lent as well: to play. To allow yourself to be molded as clay. But also to play, yourself, as the creator God.
-Br. Jonathan Maury