Touched by the Beloved

The Big Island of Hawaii ~ 5:21 pm~ Jan 21,2004

I am sitting in a crater

It is starting to get dark

I am all alone

Steam rising

Volcanic rock, singed grass

Rosary in hand

I am being contemplated by Yahweh!?

I am so insignificant

but love raises me up

a friend of Jesus

a brother

a father

a pilgrim

 

Alone, really alone

Where sounds are quite distinct

I can really hear the sound of silence

eerie yet gentle

Kindness, gentleness, generosity,

Patience, peace, faithfulness,

Self-control, joy, and love

 

This is quite awesome.

I love you God!

 

As a child rests in his mother’s arms even so my soul

 

Ron Moses, trust in the Beloved

both now and forever

In God you Trust!

wow and ooh and o my!

Ron Moses +   DSCF8809

 

The Following Night ~ 8 pm

 

I’m exhausted physically, spiritually and emotionally

God woke me up at 4 or 5 am…I can’t remember

Its okay, because it was my gain

 

A dark night, ah the sheer grace

I went out into the starlit darkness

My house all still

I had to resist leaving the place and time,

thinking of the future

and all the things I could do

on this incredible and diverse island called ‘paradise’

 

It turned out great

Yet, I noticed how tempting it was to leave

Here’s what happened:

 

Last year there was a lava flow into the ocean

It was hot, dangerous, fascinating and a once in a lifetime opportunity for me

I heard last night over a glass of wine that there was “nothing happening”

How wrong they were for

‘Happening’ is only the beginning

 

Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace

As a child rests in her mother’s arms

So too, even so my soul

I was awoken

I went out

Stunned by the star studded sky

I actually saw lava in the distance

Pele, the Volcano goddess, dancing in Red

 

So quiet, so, so silent

I was drawn to

the bottom of the road

where sea and land have been raging

heat of passion

But not now,

for I was alone

no other soul was awake

 

I stopped the Jeep,

I walked out over the lava now cooled

and departed from the safe trail

I could barely see,

forgot my flashlight

And then I stopped close to the sea

where the lava had erupted, yet now frozen

 

I prayed.

I started to pray without words or thoughts

It was as if I was led here without knowing it

My Father held my hand

and yet I still resisted

wanting to be somewhere else

God was patient, kind and gentle

God was loving, peaceful and joyful…

yes quite joyful

God was generous with gifts of creation and interior thoughts

God was and is faithful

and didn’t obliterate me

who in reality, i am, nothing

except when I am in the eyes of God

 

It is remarkable to me

How much God longed to meet with me…

this morning

alone?!

God loves me, and I have nothing to fear

God whispered my name:

“Ron Moses!”

Awesome.

 

And then in the middle of nowhere

on a lava flow

I obediently took off my shoes and socks

and I curled up in the arms of “Love”DSCF8816

 

I have never felt so at peace…so secure

The sun rose on me

As the Son rose within me

 

I curled up

I was just a speck in the universe, yet…

Whole

Anything else that could happen today was pure blessing.

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These pictures were taken with film that morning. Didn’t see until weeks later.

 

 

Funny, I’m at KMC Lava Lounge

(A military recreational lodging place that is inexpensive beside the crater)

Karaoke

Horrible yet wonderful

I’m sipping on wine, not annoyed, but pleasantly enjoying life.

 

This morning I made a simple altar of 7 rocks

worship, simple, pure

with my friend Jesus

I’m still almost in disbelief

Air cool

Sounds of water crashing into rock

Mysteries of Light

My Beloved turned my water into wine

Called, baptized, transfigured, devoured

with Jesus, my Beloved

“You are my beloved child, son, with you I am well pleased”

How could this be?

Because God took the initiative, that’s how

God loves us,

more than we could ever imagine

and God desires to spend lots of time with us

 

First Fruits –

Let the journey begin!

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Tapestry in Father John’s home. Father John was chaplain at Kings Point when I arrived in 1977

5 thoughts on “Touched by the Beloved

  1. Peace there is in the land or Aina you love. I so miss the home of my childhood that it is a palpible ache. Thank you my God for allowing this peace and happiness. Thank Fr. Ron for sharing your experience.

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