IN SUNLIGHT AND SINGING BIRDS

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “The Illuminated Rumi” by Jal-al Al-Din Rumi, Michael Green, And Coleman Barks.

Today I pray, “Dear God, It has been a warmer-than-usual February and March in Minnesota. I am enjoying this sunlight, these singing birds, this no-snow weather. I love snow. It is so beautiful. And I enjoyed it in December and January. It has been nice to have a heat wave of temperatures in the 40s and 50s (F). Thank You for this welcomed warmth during an otherwise cold and cabin-fever season. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to reveal this passage:

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”
—JALAL AL-DIN RUMI

I immediately resonate with a warm heart vibration, in connecting this passage to my prayer. The external warmer-than-usual temperatures this winter have been a reflection upon what I hold close to me, which is protection, comfort, and love. There is a feeling of comfort in being able to walk outdoors in March in Minnesota and embrace the gentle sunlight on my face, and honor the birds and their songs. The deep cold winter is not here now, and I feel a warm-hearted, pleasant peace.

The sunlight and singing birds draw me into love, a love that is always here. And I rest contented in this constant love story, which changes with the four seasons, yet remains all along. Living in a land where temperatures change from +110 degrees (F) to -30 degrees (F), a difference of 140 degrees, it is nice to remember that planet earth is where I reside, warm-hearted even in bitter cold, in love with life as I have always been. In love with every season.

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