“Six days a week, we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.“ ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Naming is one of the impulses behind all art; to give a name to the cosmos, we see despite all the chaos. It is … through the world of the imagination which takes us beyond the restrictions of provable fact, that we touch the hem of truth.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle Have you touched the hem…
“Creativity fine-tunes our listening. By focusing our full love and attention on the creativity buried within, we train our awareness to see the Spirit’s subtle stirrings over the waters of that which wants to be created in us….we discern the frequency of our soul’s yearnings and the deeper currents of life.” ~ Karla M. Kincannon…
A work in progress
I was reflecting recently with the youth on spiritual practices and how each time we draw near to God in prayer, worship experience, spiritual reading or writing, daily or weekly reflection add a little torn piece to a slowly emerging mosaic forming the image in which we are created. How do you look for the…
“It helped me to look at fields, or water, or flowers. In these things, I found a remembrance of the Creator. I mean that they awakened and recollected me…” ~ Teresa of Avila What helps you hold the pieces together?
As I understand it, the Chinese language creates words with pictures. The word leisure combines “space” and “sunshine”, busyness is painted from “heart” and “killing”. I recently took a retreat at a cabin inviting me to be with “sitting” and “creek”. What are the words that shape your sabbath spaces?
I was creating faith treasure maps with the youth the other evening. Some messy fun with paper, tea, coffee, flame and ponderings. What are the openings along the path? What are the stuck or treacherous places? Who are the people, places, stories, and songs that lead you deeper towards God?
Be silent.Be still.Alone.EmptyBefore your God.Say nothing.Ask nothing.Be silent.Be still.Let your God look upon you.That is all.God knows.God understands.God loves youWith an enormous love,And only wantsTo look upon youWith that love.Quiet.Still.Be. Let your God—Love you. ~ Edwina Gateley
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and…
“The blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal existence alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-comic lyricism.” ~ Ralph Ellison How do you find your way into…
Where are we? Where to next? How do we get there? … Any pondering of the first question immediately demands an exploration of where we have come from because the past has left it’s signature on the present. Ruminating …is an important part of understanding… ~ Evelyn Woodward Where are the spaces to ruminate on…
Spring is full of new life and it caught my attention that new life follows a period of rest or apparent death…whether seedlings poking through the ground, flowers coming up from bulbs, butterflies emerging from their chrysalis…. How do we pay attention to the rest and stillness that comes before new life?
In a dry and weary land
“Let us agreefor nowthat we will not saythe breakingmakes us stronger… “ ~ Jan Richardson Where are you tempted to shortcut grief?
Splash with joy
Sometimes in the midst of the messiness of life it just takes a splash of color to draw our eyes to light or laughter, peace or joy. What pointed you toward joy?
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