Ferment

“The deep places in our lives — places of resistance and embrace — are reached only by stories, by images, metaphors and phrases that line out the world differently, apart from our fear and hurt.” ~ Walter Brueggemann

How do you find your way into those narratives?

Wilderness

“In silence all of our usual patterns assault us… that is why most people give up rather quickly. When Jesus was led by the spirit into the wilderness, the first thing to show up were the wild beasts.” ~ Richard Rohr

What wild beasts show up for you?

Journey

In the story of the burning bush God said, “I have seen the misery of my people who are in Egypt. I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings and I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land…” Exodus 3:7-8

How does God see, hear, know about you, and is near? What will God do for you? How do you listen for God’s promise?

Advent II

There is movement in the scriptures leading to Jesus’ birth. People are travelling along unfamiliar, unexpected, unwelcome and unpredictable roads….watching, waiting, trusting, yearning for God.

How do we long for God with us…Immanuel?

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?

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?