Fully alive

When we are at peace, we find the freedom to be most fully who we are, even in the worst of times. We let go of what is nonessential and embrace what is essential. We empty ourselves so that God may more fully work within us. Cardinal Joseph Bernadin

Like the trees in the beauty of this season, what do you let go and what do you embrace?

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?

Wild things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” Wendell Berry

When are you free?

Hedges

“When the wonder of creation and our place in it are lost to us, it’s often because we’ve lost sight of our true role as creatures – we have tried to do too much, pretending to be in such control of things that we are indispensable. It’s a hedge against mortality.” Kathleen Norris

Where is your hedge?

Weary and worn

“I’ve got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry…

…Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
‘Til I can rest again.” Maya Angelou

In the midst of the storm, what helps you float?

Wild geese

…”Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.” Mary Oliver

What are you being offered?