I’m reading two books, three really. I’ve held onto Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See for a few months. I heard him speak over two days at a prayer seminar through the Shalem Institute. His teaching at the seminar was so striking and, at the same time, so familiar that I’ve looked at my notes slowly and occasionally to pick up the substantial pieces of wisdom he offered us. His book is like that too. I’m reading it like I do my Howard Thurman meditations, carefully and slowly and attentively. Each time I read Thurman, I see a new glimpse of something about me and God and people. I think I’ll have the same reaction to Father Rohr’s book.
You only ask for something you have already begun to taste! The gift has already been given. Most people, quite sadly and with disastrous consequences, do not know that the gift is already theirs.
I thought about feeding my son breakfast. He generally eats oatmeal or grits, and I’ll usually give him something else like fruit or yogurt. After his breakfast yesterday I starting cutting up a Tuscan melon and a watermelon. We were doing our morning thing. He was playing and I was cutting fruit. There was music in the background as usual. We were singing with CeCe Winans. I’d cut up the melon, and he’d come over, hugging my leg, to ask for some. I’d hand him a piece he could grab and eat. He’d go play and come back, offering his version of “more please.” I’d give him another piece of fruit. He’d attempt a “thank you.”
I thought it was a great image, especially since it came back to me when reading Rohr. The boy only asked for what he knew to be good. He only asked for what he knew I would offer him, what I had already offered him. It reminded me that I could pray for good things and expect to be heard and handed something as sweet as watermelon in the morning.