Days In The Desert, Poems, Quotes

Desert Day 24: Flowers In The Desert …

The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. — Isaiah 35:1 My mother named me after a miracle of nature: Waris means desert flower. The desert flower blooms in a barren environment where few living things can survive. — Waris Dirie from Desert Flower The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and… Continue reading Desert Day 24: Flowers In The Desert …

Quotes

God Is So Bent On Blessing, He Chases …

And I can feel it, how when a new week starts to run after me, the goodness and mercy of God isn’t just following after me placidly. The goodness and mercy of God pursues after me passionately. It’s what I keep thinking, picking up lost legos, errant books — like how my mama used to… Continue reading God Is So Bent On Blessing, He Chases …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

God With Us (Christmas Meditation) …

Because when all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel — God With Us. — Isaiah 8:10, The Message The Risk of Birth This is no time for a child to be born, With the earth betrayed by war and hate, And a nova lighting the sky to warn That time runs out… Continue reading God With Us (Christmas Meditation) …

Poems

A Bird Doesn’t Sing Because It Has An Answer, It Sings Because It Has A Song. …

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. — Maya Angelou from I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsA Darkling ThrushAt once a voice arose among The bleak twigs overhead In a full-hearted evensong Of joy illimited; An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small, In blast-beruffled plume,… Continue reading A Bird Doesn’t Sing Because It Has An Answer, It Sings Because It Has A Song. …

Interreligious, Quotes, Seasons

That Even In Darkness It Is Possible To Create Light …

I belong to a generation that has often felt abandoned by God and betrayed by mankind. And yet, I believe that we must not give up on either. … We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children.  Between the ugliness of hate and the will to oppose it. Between inflicting… Continue reading That Even In Darkness It Is Possible To Create Light …

Interreligious, Poems

The Kingdom Of God Is Within You …

God does not look at your outer forms, but at the love within your love. — Rumi Don’t go outside your house to see flowers. My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals. That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there you will… Continue reading The Kingdom Of God Is Within You …

Prayers, Quotes

Morning Prayer: I Cannot Do This Alone …

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. — Psalm 30:4-5 O God, early in the morning I cry to you.… Continue reading Morning Prayer: I Cannot Do This Alone …

Quotes

The Desert …

The prospect of this wilderness is something that so appalls most people that they refuse to enter upon its burning sands and travel among its rocks. They cannot believe that contemplation and sanctity are to be found in a desolation where there is no food, and no shelter, and no refreshment for their imagination and… Continue reading The Desert …