Bird’s Eye View

by Melodius Monk      

What does God think looking down at all of us? One of my jobs is to take care of the church. Walking around the building I’m always noting things for the “to do” list: spills in the entryway, extra dirt and shells dragged in with the rain, a chair moved out of place, a new scratch on the floor, sunglasses left behind, the still squeaking door. This week I had to do some maintenance work on the roof. From 20 feet off the ground, things look different: no scratches in the floor, no coffee stains, hardly a spec of dirt…everything looks orderly and good. Looking down, I feel at ease, like my whole to-do list is suddenly not so stressful….maybe still necessary, but just a small part of a panoramic view.  I wonder what God thinks about some of the many small things we stress over from day to day?  Is he saying to let go?

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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