By Melodious Monk

I revert to old patterns of projecting God’s reaction from the place of my failure. That is my repeated  experience of trying to return home.   – Henri Nouwen from Home Tonight

Isn’t this pattern of projecting falsely God’s reactions so human?  We do this all the time, projecting on our particular circumstances a human view that blinds us from seeing God’s true love. Since Adam and Eve hid in the garden, this has been our human choice. Perhaps there’s a new pattern we can use to project for ourselves more truly the nature of God, for inside each of us is a piece of God’s image. As the Prodigal Son learned in the parable, we too can learn by continually leaving and returning, that God is always waiting for us. We can look through the healed part of our natures, past the failures, to the glorious hope we have in returning home to live with the creator, fully alive.  No matter what has happened, He waits — and God always meets us with a brand new place of love.


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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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