“I was inside your soul the day that you appeared my love contains your heart. Will you remember me?… [w]hen the river’s rising, will you remember me?” “When the Rivers Rising Remember,” Rev. Michael Beckwith and Rickie Byars Beckwith
On Sunday, I heard the song “When the Rivers Rising Remember” from which the lyrics above are taken. These words resonated deeply with me because in many ways it does feel like the river is rising figuratively and literally all around me and the world. The lyrics also reminded me that despite all that is happening, the Divine Presence, the beingness from which we come is always with us. The idea that we are contained within the love of the Divine Presence as the song describes is deeply comforting. In other lyrics, the Divine says that there are signs all around to guide our path. However, we must be aware to see the signs.
I was talking to a friend a few days ago and we were discussing signs which she and I called moments of grace. I have written before about such moments. [see here] Now, more than ever it seems like the perfect time to remember that divine grace is sufficient, that we are not alone and that life is for us in every possible way. It is not necessary to believe in a Divine Presence or God. All you need do is be open and receptive to that which is available to you. It means letting go of any preconceived notions about what life is and how it ought to unfold. We cannot know what the future holds but we can trust that when things are at their worst, life is forever leading us to a greater understanding of who we are and our connection to the whole.
The other night I watched and listened as Arizona Senator John McCain talked about his brain cancer diagnosis and how he is filled with gratitude for a life well lived. The water is rising for him and somehow he finds reasons to be grateful through it all. This is a lesson for us. No matter the circumstance, eventually, the water recedes or we learn to thrive in it. We must accept the boat, the life line or whatever is available to us to withstand the rising waters. We also must see the signs and remember that we are one with the Divine in whose love and care we live.