Faces of God

Some Faces of God — New York April 6 2011

I see God all around, in every friendly face.

Broad Buddha smile with round shaved skull,

Wide, welcoming brown face,

And a heavy New York accent,

He dances lightly as he talks and gestures,

Sharing his beliefs and vision.

I smile and relax to be with him.

Round sky-blue eyes,  aged 7

With flying long red halo hair — my grandson.

He greets me with a lightstick or a sword —

A hearty welcome,  both excited and intense.

I watch him running toward me, all jointed angles,

Full of love for life. 

I marvel at the fineness of his mouth and chin,

The translucent pinkness of his skin. 

Thin, graying hair that bares his freckled scalp,

With rounded back, he leans into his measured steps.

His sagging eyelids, deeply creased, yet hide a twinkle in his light brown eyes.

His ears and chin have coarsened and enlarged as he has aged,

His hands grown knuckly and veined. 

He may have weakened some, and yet he’s also strong,

He forms the core of family and of church;

He presides and I feel safe and sheltered from all harm. 

Every face I see expresses God — all one and yet unique

All beautiful and full of love,

Potential miracles await me in their presence and their love.

They make me whole as I enjoy the Love they bring. 

Reflection

I was sitting in class, looking at the lecturer, marveling at the uniqueness of his radiant self as he taught us about African religious beliefs – this native of Bronx streets who had lived in Africa and learned at the feet of tribal sages.  I daydreamed a little, thinking of other people’s unique ways of being  and how all of them, however different they appeared on the surface, and even whether they were human or belonged to another species – all of our fellow humans and other creatures allow us to experience infinitely varied and unique aspects of God’s love.  God looks out from all the faces I encounter in a day, week, or month.  I was in awe, as I honored in my heart this ongoing experience of love.

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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