Days of Advent, Seasons

Dwell In Possibility (Christmas Meditation) …

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they… Continue reading Dwell In Possibility (Christmas Meditation) …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Hope Nonetheless …

Hoping against hope, he believed. —Romans 4:18 Hope nonetheless. Hope despite. Hope regardless. Hope still. Hope where we had ceased to hope. Hope amid what threatens hope. Hope with those who feed our hope. Hope beyond what we had hoped. Hope that draws us past our limits. Hope that defies expectations. Hope that questions what… Continue reading Hope Nonetheless …

Prayers

Blessing for Paris …

May you be blessed in the holy names of those Who, without you knowing it, Help to carry and lighten your pain. May memory bless and protect you With the hard-earned light of past travail; To remind you that you have survived before And though the darkness now is deep, You will soon see approaching… Continue reading Blessing for Paris …

Quotes

Blessing in the Chaos …

To be in the world is to be distant from the homeland of wholeness. We are confined by limitation and difficulty. When we bless, we are enabled somehow to go beyond our present frontiers and reach into the source. A blessing awakens future wholeness. We use the word foreshadow for the imperfect representation of something… Continue reading Blessing in the Chaos …

Interreligious, Quotes

Make Of Yourself A Light …

“Make of yourself a light,” said the Buddha, before he died. I think of this every morning as the east begins to tear off its many clouds of darkness, to send up the first signal — a white fan streaked with pink and violet, even green. An old man, he lay down between two sala… Continue reading Make Of Yourself A Light …

Prayers, Quotes

Blessing of Courage …

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope… Continue reading Blessing of Courage …

Quotes

Blessed And Broken …

The great mystery of God's love is that we are not asked to live as if we are not hurting, as if we are not broken. In fact, we are invited to recognize our brokenness as a brokenness in which we can come in touch with the unique way that God loves us. The great… Continue reading Blessed And Broken …

Prayers

Blessing the Fragments …

He told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” ―John 6.12 It is part of the miracle: how Jesus, with such intention, cares for the fragments following the feast. He sees the abundance that persists, the feast that remains within the fragments. We might think the marvel of… Continue reading Blessing the Fragments …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light …

My earliest memories of creation are primarily of light. They come to me in a kaleidoscope of recollection, of light reflecting off the waters of northern Canadian lakes where I spent time as a boy or of the clarity of the night skies above those same waters. I often would sit mesmerized by the sun's… Continue reading Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light …