At the moment I am sometimes renting out my bedroom to Berlin visitors. This helps to raise money for a ship. And it also gives you great experiences. At the moment a historian is living there. Last night I told him that I had just been to a talk by David Solomon, a jewish guy who does the whole of jewish history in one hour. He said: „That´s no big thing – I can tell the whole jewish history while I am standing on one foot“ Said so – pulled up his leg and exclaimed: „They wanted to kill us. We survived. Let´s go and enjoy some food!“
In the last days two friends shared thoughts that moved me. Matthias shared a quote from Richard Rohr:
Reflection from Richard Rohr:
When God gives of God’s self, one of two things happens: either flesh is inspirited or spirit is enfleshed. It is really very clear. I am somewhat amazed that more have not recognized this simple pattern: God’s will is incarnation. And against all of our godly expectations, it appears that for God, matter really matters. God, who is Spirit, chose to materialize! We call it the Christ Mystery.
This Creator of ours is patiently determined to put matter and spirit together, almost as if the one were not complete without the other. This Lord of life seems to desire a perfect, but free, unification between body and soul. So much so, in fact, that God appears to be willing to wait for the creatures to will and choose this unity for themselves—or it does not fully happen. Our yes really matters, just like Mary’s did.
Adapted from Near Occasions of Grace, p. 5
This made me wonder if God and the angels sometimes – when I make the right choices and say YES to his will in my life also sing an „Ave Kerstin for me: “ „Well done, Kerstin – as you say YES I can fulfill my will through you.“ I guess they do.
A while back my friend Hannah Stoney made two short videos with me. One reading some Rilke Poems in German and English. The other one explaining my concept of a balanced life based on the seven days in the story of creation.
You find them in her „on a park bench“ series – No. 6 + 7 (also watch the other great characters)
For a while We have all come to the right place. We all sit in God´s classroom. Now, The only thing for us to do, my dear, Is to stop Throwing spitballs for a while. by Hafiz, Persian Poet
Went to see the Here is New York exhibition ….700 pictures of Sept. 11 and after. I was touched by the pictures that showed how life suddenly stopped….a woman at the opening created by the first plane crashing into the towers…alive and well…but with probably no way to escape the collapse of the tower….a child´s doll in the grey dust…an abandoned bagel salesplace….life suddenly stopped…
But then life went on: a mother playing with her little baby on a balcony (the smoking towers in the background)…a girl and a dirty, exhausted fire brigade man kissing on a park bench, a father playing with his son in front of candles and memory notices…
A while after Sept. 11 I created a little piece of art….several egg containers filled with little things that symbolize LIFE for me….I painted them brigth red and on the covers I wrote: „LIFE IS FRAGILE …handle with care!“