Monday, June 25, 2012

Eighth Day Books: An Allegory

Philippians 4:8
King James Version (KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

There are certain places where there is a piercing between heaven and earth, like the wardrobe entrance to Narnia, where you can sense that you are standing in a holy place, on the threshold of something beyond earthly knowledge.  Some have been holy since time immemorial, as El Sanctuario de Chimayo, and other places have become sanctified by the people who gather there, through their prayers and actions over time.  The Eighth Day Bookstore is an example of sanctification by the gathering there of people dedicated to growth into God's will, people who have turned themselves over to the working of the Holy Spirit in their daily lives, and who are quietly and steadfastly allied with God in the process of holy creation.

Sometimes when you walk into Eighth Day, you perceive something tangible and sensory:  music, a faint hint of incense, a visual attraction to a certain icon, the sound of an honest and serious discussion about something that matters.  Joshua (pictured), Victoria, or Warren will give all the time in the world to help you find what you are looking for, even when you don't know what that is.  You can sit quietly and read, or study, or think, allowing yourself to enter into the intangible, which at Eighth Day is very nearby and easily accessible.  

I love to go there.  Eighth Day is a haven of peace in a world addicted to sensory overload.  The powers of evil are very much at work today keeping us distracted and numb, giving us the illusion that we are multitasking, when really we are only living in "fast forward," a state in which we cannot think or feel or caringly listen to other people.  We are being fed "information" instead of taking the time and making the effort to become who we are.  We must intentionally choose and have the courage to be countercultural if we are to find our true selves in right relationship with God and in love with our neighbors.  The name Eighth Day means (among other things) a time and a place to rest.  It is a time and a place to enter more fully into being, to immerse yourself into whatever things are true and honest, good and pure and beautiful.

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