So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:28-32 | ESV)
So many times before I’ve thought this and even voiced it aloud to myself, that I shudder at doing it still again in fear of outrageous vain repetition. But here I go again—the time has come for me to seriously discipline myself and do the important things and do them consciously, consistently, even constantly. I must return to the Center—Jesus Christ—and allow him to make all things new as he re-creates them according to his own heart. If such an entity existed and would open its ranks to one undeserving of any consideration if it did, I would apply this moment to join the Order of the Burning Heart—a hybrid monastic order seeking to thrive spiritually in the midst of ordinary life. The withdrawing would not be physical distance, but instead my heart pulling away into the deep and secret dwelling of Christ himself within me. The ranks of the Order of the Burning Heart include all who seek to find that solitary realm, not to worship the place but the One who sanctifies it by his own Name. With Paul our hearts cry, “I want to know Christ”—Christ and Christ alone! I embrace as kindred all who undertake this quest to know him tangibly, experientially. This sacred perpetual pilgrimage acknowledges no sectarian or denominational lines drawn in the sand by clay vessels, and ignores all man-made divisions. It embraces every writer and writing, image and image-maker, artist and artwork, every place and every living thing that enhances the pursuit to know Christ in fullness and ongoing experience. Ancient spiritual guides inform the quest through their writings and experiences as well as spiritual sages of the present. Present-day seekers, be encouraged to continue spelunking. Join me on this expedition into abandonment. Above all, may Christ be known and exalted, and become in practical expression all that he already is—absolutely everything!
“Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”