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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 …

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 usAs we make our way to higher ground. ~ Maya Angelou, Amazing peace

Advent uneasing

“The process of growth is always uneasy, because growth never comes through ease. It comes through stretching and expanding of one’s own capacity… the unease is a strategy of the soul to protect you from all the things as usual that could harm this new life being grown in you.” ~ Scott Ericksen, Honest Advent …

Advent horizon

“The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running.” ~ Jan Richardson

Advent womb

“A novice master once responded when asked about a life lived in Christian authenticity, that to be a Christian was not to know the answers but to begin to live in the part of the self where the question is born.…He was speaking of an attitude of listening, of awareness of presence, of an openness …

Clarity

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. [The one] who looks outside dreams. [The one] who looks inside awakes.” ~ Marc Chagall (1887-1985) What are your dreams? What are your awakenings?

Wholehearted

“The antidote to exhaustion may not be rest. It may be wholeheartedness. “ ~ David Steindl-Rast What are you living wholeheartedly?

Movement

“The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men and women often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making. In a moment of dedication they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges …

Courage

“When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists — as it surely will. Then act with courage.” ~ Chief White Eagle, Ponca Time …

Autumn leaf

“Don’t you imagine the leaves dream nowhow comfortable it will be to touchthe earth instead of thenothingness of air and the endlessfreshets of wind? ….” ~ Mary Oliver, A Song for Autumn Do you imagine?

On the edge of mystery

“We must be willing to constantly sit on the edge of mystery and unlearn what has helped guide us in the past but is no longer as useful now. To do this we must be willing to ask the questions that will open us up to hear the quiet, powerful voice of freedom.” ~ Robert …

Passing by

“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars . . . and they pass by themselves without wondering.” ~ St. Augustine, Confessions How do you travel with yourself?

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