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Sacred spaces

The following story is taken from the December 2017 Advent newsletter of the Eckhart Society:

There is a wonderful Chasidic story about the child of a rabbi who used to wander in the woods.  At first his father let him wander, but over time he became concerned.  The woods were dangerous.  The father did not know what lurked there. He decided to discuss the matter with his child. 

One day he took him aside and said, "You know, I have noticed that each day you walk into the woods.  I wonder, why do you go there?

The boy said to his father, "I go there to find God."

"That is a very good thing," the father replied gently.  "I am glad you are searching for God.  But, my child, don't you know that God is the same everywhere?" 

"Yes," the boy answered, "but I'm not."

( David J. Wolpe, in Teaching Your Children About God [quoted in Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, 1998 Scribner]). Photo from Last Child in the Woods video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RaIlmmFP24

Posted on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:21AM by Registered CommenterLinda Brown Holt | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

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