Devotion is a worthy darling,
that God sends to the heart to glad it with;
but unworthy is he to have this gift,
that make no dwelling homestead in his heart to it.
We see that above us is with our belief,
but it savours us not,
for we are so full of earth that we have lost our taste.
~ 15th Century
These words charmed me with their sweetness as I read, and then came the last phrase: for we are so full of earth that we have lost our taste.
Losing ones taste, ones appetite is a sad business. It happens and for one who enjoys food, the delight of living is diminished. Nourishment becomes lackluster routine. Duty.
So it is in the spiritual realm as well, isn't that so? When we become so full of earth, so focused on the here and now, we not only lose sight of what we are to be about, we lose our appetite for the rich and wondrous food on the table prepared for us in the wilderness.
This may seem for you, Dear Reader, a very random thought as this Lenten season draws to a close, but my confession is that This Day, these were the words needful to this drooping soul
May we truly provide 'homestead for the Darling given us'. May we "seek those things which are above", as the Apostle Paul commanded us.
May our hearts truly be glad for gifts given.