This is another photo taken on our trip to a Kite Festival in Saskatchewan, Canada. The prairies can provide breathtaking scenery.
The contrast of dark sky and land with the layer of light between them was remarkable. Despite being captured by a phone camera, traveling in a car at 120kph, I think it turned out pretty well.
This photo was taken about the same time I was reading The Unbearable Wholeness of Being. God, Evolution and the Power of Love by Ilia Delio. I had been sitting with the following passage a couple of days when I saw this scene, and I was moved profoundly.
The author was describing Teilhard de Chardin's thoughts on creation, and how it is that God is separate from but also very much in and through creation - the creator who creates, gives life and breath and sustains all things. Delio summarizes de Chardin's idea that divine love is the energy that is at the heart of everything - that which makes all created things "precious and alive."
"If God is at the heart of this physical, evolving cosmos, then love is the energy that makes everything precious and alive. God is the ultimate wholeness and depth of love, the inner Omega of everything from the smallest quark to the largest galaxy. Because divine love is totally other-centred, the whole cosmos is a theophany, a revelation of God's glory."
The core of light reminded me of this divine love, this creative sustaining energy that connects heaven and earth in an intimate way. In a way, it reminds me of the end of Romans 8 where Paul writes to the Romans of how nothing can separate us from the love of God. I am particularly fond of the way Eugene Peterson renders it in The Message when he qualifies that nothing can separate us from the love of God because of the way Jesus holds us.
If indeed the divine love is at the heart of all things, and I believe it to be so, this radically shifts the way in which we see others, the planet, and ourselves. This theophany, this experience of God through the unifying divine love that flows through all things connects us with God in a mind-blowingly profound way. These theophanies are therefore ever present; in the smile of a friend, compassion of a stranger, a song of a bird, the magnitude of the Rocky Mountains, the splendors of prairie wildflowers, the shade of a tree, the fragrance of a rose or a drop of rain.
The love of God abounds.
We are immersed within it.
We are permeated and saturated.
Because of the way Christ holds us.
We need only awaken to it and be overcome with gratitude.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.