Everything is Holy Now
by Gwin Pratt
The Rev. Gwin Pratt serves on the board of MNIPL and previously served as St Luke Presbyterian Senior Pastor. We at MNIPL are honored to share Gwin's writing with you.
Greetings! My name is Gwin Pratt. I am a Board Member of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. And I am a retired pastor who served Presbyterian churches for 33 years.
And, I am in love.
If you are a fan of Peter Mayer, the great singer/songwriter/guitarist, you may know that one of his greatest hits is a song entitled, “Everything Is Holy Now.”
Pete grew up a very active Roman Catholic. So much so, that he felt called to be a priest. He entered Seminary after college, and began down the road to priesthood.
But……..something happened to him. He lets us in on that in words from the song:
When I was a boy, each week
And pay attention to the priest
He would read the holy word
And consecrate the holy bread
And everyone would kneel and bow
Today the only difference is
Everything is holy now
Everything is holy now
Out of those words, and my own experience, the name of this blog was born. “Holy Earth.”
When an astronaut walks in space, something happens to them. The scientists have given it a name: the Overview Effect. The experience transforms a person's perspective of Earth and humankind's place upon it, and he or she begins to think of Earth as more of a "shared home" and have a strong feeling of awe. One of them puts it this way:
“Earth is an indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living,
breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile.”
In each blog in this series it is my intention to explore this theme, opening ourselves to all of the possibilities that flow from discovering anew the awesome, fragile and Holy Earth. We knew this at the beginning. The earliest forms of the human family were awestruck by the Creation around them, and tried to express that in their drawings on cave walls. In the writings and teachings of the Hindu and Muslim faiths we find reverence for Creation. And the earliest forms of the Judeo-Christian writings are filled with wonder and mystery at their surroundings (Psalm 104 for example). And one of the earliest forms of the Christian faith, the Celtic tradition, understood the “walk of faith” to be a “walk in the woods”, a deep love affair with Creation, believing that God was in everything, the chipmunk was a sibling, and that, yes, everything was holy.
That we strayed from this reverence for Creation is ever before us. In this blog, we will touch on the evidence of this, as a way to call out to our world warnings, and “action!”
But, we will do more than that.
We will celebrate this Mother on whose back we ride, just like the small loon chick, into the nights and days of our quest for joy and community and wholeness.
And in our celebration, we will continually invite our human brothers and sisters to climb on, and look around, and come to our senses, that everything….everything….is Holy.
As Peter Mayer puts it:
Wine from water is not so small
But an even better magic trick
Is that anything is here at all
So the challenging thing becomes
Not to look for miracles
But finding where there isn’t one
I am in love with Creation. Peter Mayer is in love with Creation.
And in each edition of this blog, I will invite you to fall further, and further in love as well.
And I do believe that it will be out of this love and reverence for Miracle Earth that we will wake, shining like crystals, and eager to find ways to live each day, as the Earth does, reflecting the fullness of the Divine Light.
Laudato Si’ (Praise Be To YOU)