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Among, Between, Within You – Br. Mark Brown

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Br. Mark Brown

Wisdom of Solomon 7:21-8:1
Psalm 119:89-96
Luke 17:20-21

The Kingdom of God is within you—among you, between you. Within you. Within you.  Do you know the place? Have you found the way to that land of God that comes to us not in things that can be observed? That distant land, that land within you?  That place closer to you than your own breath–and more distant than all stars. It’s here, it’s there; it’s not here, it’s not there—then, here it is again.  It’s so easy to lose your way and then find it once more.

That land has a special atmosphere, a gentle breeze that is the breath of the power of God, a bright Spirit as of a reflection of the eternal light, as Solomon’s Wisdom put it. The bright Spirit of that place—within you—is more beautiful than the sun and surpasses every constellation of the stars.  The only rain fall there is of a special quality, a quality of mercy, mercy that is not strained, but“… droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.” As a poet[1] once said. Mercy himself is enthroned within you.Within you, the Spirit, the fine, fine air of that place “is more mobile than any motion…she pervades and penetrates all things.”  The very air of that land is “a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.” Within you. He “renews all things, and in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God and prophets.”

The gentle breeze of that place, the bright Spirit, the breath of the Wisdom of God –within you– is “intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety….”

Loving the good, beneficent, humane, free from anxiety! —within you.  Do you know the land?  Follow the bright Spirit in the way, follow him in the way, and breathe in the fine, fine air of that place…


[1] Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene 1

 

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2 Comments

  1. Ruth West on November 13, 2015 at 09:53

    Beautiful poetry.

  2. Robert on November 13, 2015 at 03:08

    “Thank You” Bro.Mark Brown, your words express, clearly, the joy of knowing that we can experience heaven here and now.

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