“Developing The Leader Within You” By Reverend Gaylon McDowell

By January 30, 2017Messages

On Sunday, Rev. Gaylon McDowell concluded our Spirit-Centered Leadership series with his message, “Developing The Leader Within You.”

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Message Notes

Mystical words of Persian poet and mystic, Hafiz, of 14th century Iran:

“I Heard God Laughing: I Know the Way You Can Get”

Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

I know the way you can get
When you have not had a drink of Love:

Your face hardens,
Your sweet muscles cramp.
Children become concerned
About a strange look that appears in your eyes
Which even begins to worry your own mirror
And nose.

Squirrels and birds sense your sadness
And call an important conference in a tall tree.
They decide which secret code to chant
To help your mind and soul.

Even angels fear that brand of madness
That arrays itself against the world
And throws sharp stones and spears into
The innocent

And into one’s self

O I know the way you can get
If you have not been out drinking Love:

You might rip apart
Every sentence your friends and teachers say,
Looking for hidden clauses.

You might weigh every word on a scale
Like a dead fish.

You might pull out a ruler to measure
From every angle in your darkness
The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once
Trusted.

I know the way you can get
If you have not had a drink from Love’s Hands.

That is why all the Great Ones speak of The vital need
To keep Remembering God,
So you will come to know and see Him As being so Playful

And Wanting,
Just Wanting to help.

That is why Hafiz says:
Bring your cup near me,
For I am a Sweet Old Vagabond With an Infinite Leaking Barrel Of Light and Laughter and Truth That the Beloved has tied to my back.

Dear one,
Indeed, please bring your heart near me. For all I care about is quenching your thirst for freedom!

All a Sane man can ever care about Is giving Love!

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