Falling on My Face


Ezekiel is not an easy book from the Hebrew Scriptures to read. The reading this morning from the first chapter is mystical in nature. Ezekiel is having visions of creatures that he tries to describe with words but falls short. He is using earthly language for the heavenly realm and we only  get a glimpse of what he’s trying to share with us. In the end what he sees what he says is the likeness of the glory of the Lord, he falls on his face.

I think sometimes we miss the glory of the Lord here on earth. The other day a friend dropped me off at the beach and the tide was out quite far which allowed me to walk out into the ocean floor a ways. As I started to return to the shore, I suddenly thought how  blessed am I to be alive. I know  that seems like a normal thing for a dying person to say  but in that hour on the beach, I was strictly revelling in the joy of what I was experiencing and not thinking about my cancer, being sick, dying, or any of that. I was  simply enjoying the moment and grateful for the heaven on earth that I was experiencing. I believe that if we truly had eyes to see  that we might not ever rise from our knees because we would be too busy falling on our face as we have knowledged the likeness of the glory of God. St. Ignatius understood clearly that God is in all things; can we?

Yesterday my friends brought me out in search of the eagles but it is the wrong time of year to see them here. I was not disappointed though because I still caught images of spectacular beauty all around me.  Two beautiful dragonflies caught my eye, a bird of prey swooped down and sat on a branch. The trees themselves were majestic and magical, and the highlight was a barn owl which slept in a tree above us. We gorged on plums and blackberries right off the vine as we walked. The day was perfect, even if we did not see an eagle up close.  If we let go of our expectations, God can provide all that we need.



Reflection  Questions 

Have you fallen on your face in awe lately?

When was the last time you thought how blessed you are to be alive?


Creator God, if we only knew how blessed we were, we would never rise again. Give me eyes to see the likeness of the glory of You and the wherewithal to fall on my face in all and gratitude. Amen.

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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2 Responses to Falling on My Face

  1. Karen Wheadon says:

    Another beautiful post Suzanne and I sure connect with these words today. It’s a beautiful day here in NL and Verena and I have been busy doing things. This afternoon we went on whale watching tour in Bay Bulls. The whale season is almost over and most of these magnificent animals have started their migration back to DR, only a few are left here in Whitless bay still feeding on the Caplin. We only saw 2, but neither of us were disappointed as we just absorbed all of the beauty around us…..the deep blue sea, rugged coastline and spray against the large rocks, so many birds on Gull Island and one could never tire of those cute little puffins fleeting across the water always on a mission. It was a great day, with so much beauty all around. So much to be grateful for and I always seem to feel it most when I connect with nature all around me.

    Such beautiful photos for your posts Suzanne. Loved the dragonfly and this little owl.

    Enjoy this time with your friends, Love, Karen💜

    Sent from my iPad


    • sstyves says:

      Love puffins. Glad you saw two whales. Hi to Verena. Sounds like you’re having a grand time. Yes, you do recognize the beauty around you more than some. That’s awesome. Xo.

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