Beneath the storm

Let there be

an opening

into the quiet

that lies beneath

the chaos,

where you find the peace

you did not think

possible

and see what shimmers

within the storm.” Jan Richardson, The Cure For Sorrow

What do you discover beneath the chaos?

Dazzling

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled —
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing —
that the light is everything — that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do. Mary Oliver

What does it take to be dazzled?

For one exhausted…

“Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.” John O’Donahue

How do you open the well of color?

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?

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?

Hope

Hope is the simple trust that God’s Spirit still hovers over the waters, the formless void and darkness and says “Let there be light”.