The Avowal

29 Aug
August 29, 2014












As swimmers dare

to lie face to the sky

and water bears them,

as hawks rest upon air

and air sustains them,

so would I learn to attain

freefall, and float

into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,

knowing no effort earns

that all-surrounding grace.

“The Avowal” by Denise Levertov

I dreamt once that I was swept from shore out to sea by a tsunami.  I was swept miles out to sea, miles beyond my ability to swim back to shore.  How did I even know which direction the shore was, in that situation?  In my dream, I began to swim back.  I am used to swimming in the ocean and this water was warm.  Yet, after a couple of miles of continuous swimming, I was exhausted.  Worrying about what to do, I tread water for a moment.  Then, I laid on my back on the surface of the water and I suddenly realized that I could float!  The water would support me!  I did not have to swim or tread water the whole time!  I did not need to try so hard.  And then, in my dream, it was as if the warm water, which was holding me there as I floated, was God.  I could relax.  I would return to shore.  It was only a matter of grace.  And I floated in the embrace of God.