The Fullness of Emptiness

This day

my cup is

empty,

my page

blank,

my mouth absent

of speech.

Here – receive the fullness of this emptiness:

the bottom of a pail

falling,

the obscurity of a veil

lifting.

Stillness,
carrying you rapidly

down an endless river to nowhere. 

 

This is the best I will ever have to offer. 

 

Take a drink.

Be filled.


This is what it means to seek God perfectly: to withdraw from illusion and pleasure, from worldly anxieties and desires, from the works that God does not want, from a glory that is only human display; to keep my mind free from confusion in order that my liberty may be always at the disposal of his will; to entertain silence in my heart and listen for the voice of God. 

 

And then to wait in peace and emptiness and oblivion of all things.

Thomas Merton


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6 responses to “The Fullness of Emptiness

  1. wow, some really nice grace in that. thanks for it.

  2. This post has helped me to grasp the idea of what I am reaching for..to remain on earth but withdraw from it and be always at liberty in His will.
    Thank you soooo much!

  3. This post has helped me to grasp the idea of what I am reaching for..to remain on earth but withdraw from it and to always be at liberty in His will.
    Thank you soooo much!

  4. What a wonderful thing to be reaching for! Surely the Lord will meet you with that freedom in Him you long for.

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