How good and generous you are, O Holy Potter,
to create us and equip us with diversity!
How wise and provocative you are, O Blessed Other,
to call us out when we would withdraw into!
How lavish and surprising you are, O Divine Vessel,
to pour spirit over us and and gush love on us!
Most Holy Potter, our Creator;
dear Blessed Other, our Teacher;
abundant Divine Vessel, our Sustenance;
we praise You!
I’ve seen horses change lives. I’ve seen books change lives. A book about horses that reminds us to “sit centered and deeply” in God is sure to foster miracles.
In Horses Speak of God: How Horses Can Teach Us to Listen and Be Transformed, author Laurie M. Brock (and her horse Nina) demonstrate the importance of nurturing faith with our whole selves — in mind and body and spirit, in work and play and relationships. Like horseback riding, our lives and our faith require ongoing reflection, a willingness to listen, and the humility to stay engaged. When we neglect these spiritual disciplines, horses (among other friends) remind us:
“Relax your grip.”
“Work with me.”
It could be a horse making its opinion known to a rider. It could be God nudging any one of us. The message could tell us something about our posture in the saddle … or about our fears in life. The experience might be a pleasant canter … or a hard fall.
In all, through all, is life. In all and through all is holiness.
Whether you ride or walk, love horses or prefer a nice indoor plant, Horses Speak of God is a beautiful book that will gently invite your self-reflection and encourage your spirit to (re)attune itself to God’s leading.
Trust the discomfort of unlearning and relearning.
Give up a little bit of control.
And let the intuition of horses teach you the good news of God’s mysteries.
(For more from Laurie Brock, follow her fabulous blog.)