Solitude

“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community…Let him who is not in community be aware of being alone…Each by itself has profound pitfalls and perils. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation, and despair.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

How do you seek solitude and community?

Fully alive

When we are at peace, we find the freedom to be most fully who we are, even in the worst of times. We let go of what is nonessential and embrace what is essential. We empty ourselves so that God may more fully work within us. Cardinal Joseph Bernadin

Like the trees in the beauty of this season, what do you let go and what do you embrace?

Sometimes

Sometimes you need the ocean light and colors you’ve never seen before painted through the evening sky.

Sometimes you need your God to be a simple invitation… David Whyte

What invitation do you need?

Pine cone

“Attention without feeling, I began to learn, is only a report. An openness – an empathy – was necessary if the attention was to matter…. Dear pine cone, let me hold you as you open.” Mary Oliver

What are you holding?

Wood hath hope

“Wood hath hope.
When it’s cut, it grows green again,
and its boughs sprout clean again.
Wood hath hope.

Root and stock, although old and withered up,
and all sunk in earth corrupt, will revive. … Wood hath hope.”

Caryll Houselander

Where is hope sprouting for you?