Advent celebration

“There must always be provision for the ample moment when an event takes on the character of the Sacramental, however such an event may be named in the calendar. The true significance of the event is to be found in the quality of celebration which it inspires in the heart.” ~ Howard Thurman, Meditations of the heart

How do you celebrate?

Advent Angel

“Be alert for God’s surprises — messengers with messages that will startle us out of our complacency. My prayer for you, for me, for all those we love, is: Lord make us aware of the realities we cannot see. Send your messengers to us today, to help us, to protect us and give us courage, to remind us of your love.” ~ Lucy Shaw

Where do you notice God’s surprises?

Advent muting

What happens when God hits the mute button – think Zechariah- and the prophecies of old reverberate within you silently for days and weeks and months? What begins to grow and shimmer?

What song will guide your feet into the path of peace?

Advent 2

“In this strange season when we are suspended between realization and expectation, may we be found honest about the darkness, more perceptive of the light.” ~ Jack Boozer

Advent Widening

“It came to me, recently, that faith is ‘a certain widening of the imagination.’ When Mary asked the angel, ‘How shall these things be?’ She was asking God to widen the imagination. All my life I’ve been requesting the same thing — a baptized imagination that has a wide enough faith to see the numinous in the ordinary. Without discarding reason, or analysis, I seek from my muse, the Holy Spirit, images that will open up reality and pull me in to the center.” ~ Lucy Shaw

How are you pulled in to the center?

Advent Peace

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground. ~ Maya Angelou, Amazing peace