“A Celtic Lens”
I recently went to the Eye Doctor for a vision check-up. At the end of the exam the doctor updated my eyeglass prescription with the comment, “I think with this new prescription we can help you see a little better.”
The lenses through which we view the world do make a difference. And it seems that as the years go by there is the opportunity to assist our view and perception of things with some lens additions and improvements.
I gave a short presentation this week on Celtic Traditions and Reflections at the invitation of the Women of Wicomico Episcopal Church who wanted to explore Celtic Themes. Preparing for it, I arrived at the thought that Celtic spirituality offers us an updated, though also ancient, lens through which we may view and interact with the world around us. Refining the lenses through which we perceive the world is certainly a way to enhance and expand the quality of life as we age and mature. The combination of “lens” and “Celtic” seemed a good one, particularly attractive for those living in the beautiful landscape of the Northern Neck. Celtic themes evidence a special interweaving of Creation and Life – even ordinary life but lived in intricate interconnection with nature, the Divine and all living things. Within this delicate, intentional organic interweaving, the fabric of life becomes a rich tapestry, not only beautiful but sturdy.
So, it has come to mind that “Through a Celtic Lens” might be an engaging theme for us to explore throughout this coming Summer and Fall in some of our congregational programming and even worship and study awareness. In our liturgical year we will shortly enter “Ordinary Time” which takes us up to the threshold of Advent. What a great time to explore rich ways of living and being in the ordinary times of life which are most of the times of life. Some of our opportunities to engage with ways to enhance our vision are presented below.