Stooped down

God is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like our God, the one who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down…raising the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap… (Psalm 113) And God stooped down in the birth of Jesus.

How do you hold the mystery of glory stooped down?

Winter landscape

Winter landscapes have the appearance of death and all the potential of resurrection. The whole mystery and power and glory of life is on display during winter.

How do you lean into that potential?

Galaxies

“When I think of the incredible, incomprehensible sweep of creation above me, I have the strange reaction of feeling fully alive. Rather than feeling lost and unimportant and meaningless, set against galaxies which go beyond the reach of the furthest telescopes, I feel that my life has meaning…I feel a soaring in my heart that the God who could create all this—and out of nothing—can still count the hairs of my head.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

What do the galaxies awaken within you?

There is a wave of gratefulness

“…this can change our world in immensely important ways, because if you’re grateful, you’re not fearful, and if you’re not fearful, you’re not violent. If you’re grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not of a sense of scarcity, and you are willing to share. If you are grateful, you are enjoying the differences between people, and you are respectful to everybody, and that changes this power pyramid under which we live.” ~ David Steindl-Rast

How do you ride the wave of gratefulness?

Knowing

I already know everything I need in this moment to live fully. There is no other book or experience that will make me more complete. … the caution is to not let the words in a book become a substitute for my own deep knowing.” ― Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul’s slow Ripening

How do you tap into that other way of knowing?

Fallowness

A major obstacle to creativity is wanting to be in the peak season of growth and generation at all times . . . but if we see the soul’s journey as cyclical, like the seasons . . . then we can accept the reality that periods of despair or fallowness are like winter – a resting time that offers us a period of creative hibernation, purification, and regeneration that prepare us for the births of spring. ~ Linda Leonard, The Call to Create

How do you rest in winter seasons?