Days of Advent, Interreligious, Quotes, Seasons

Witness To The Light (Christmas Day Meditation) …

Light shimmers through the Gospel reading for Christmas Day: the stunning Prologue to the Gospel of John. Tonight, revisiting my luminous Book of Common Prayer, I read John’s words—which the book renders in the King James Version, of course. In this passage that I love and have read approximately a zillion times, what struck me… Continue reading Witness To The Light (Christmas Day Meditation) …

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2019 Advent Daily Meditations …

Celebration is an attentive and gracious joy of presence. When you celebrate, you are taking time to recognize, to open your eyes and behold in your life the quiet miracles and gifts that seek no attention; yet each day they nourish, shelter, and animate your life. The art of belonging in, with, and to your… Continue reading 2019 Advent Daily Meditations …

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Advent Day 24: Joy Is Within Our Reach …

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. — Epicurus   There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy. It rises up in wordless… Continue reading Advent Day 24: Joy Is Within Our Reach …

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Advent Day 23: Hospitality …

There must be always remaining in every man's life some place for the singing of angels -- some place for that which in itself is breathlessly beautiful and by an inherent prerogative, throwing all the rest of life into a new and creative relatedness -- something that gathers up in itself all the freshets of… Continue reading Advent Day 23: Hospitality …

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Advent Day 22: The Dawn Is Coming …

Be patient where you sit in the dark. The dawn is coming. — Rumi from A Year With Rumi   I believe the world we want to inhabit is emerging — one life, one conversation, and one community at a time. — Krista Tippett from The On Being Project   Hope begins in the dark:… Continue reading Advent Day 22: The Dawn Is Coming …

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Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

On the scale of our human history, rituals like putting up Christmas trees, lighting menorahs, reading Hafiz, and baking rice dumplings are new. We, humans, have celebrated the earthly repercussions of our orbit longer than we’ve celebrated virtually anything. Before Christmas and Hanukkah, before monotheism or any other kind of theism, our ancestors were staring… Continue reading Advent Day 21: Sanctuaries That Emerge From The Magnificent Stream (Winter Solstice) …

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Advent Day 20: Creator of the Stars …

Creator of the Stars God of Epiphanies You are the Great Star You have marked my path with light You have filled my sky with stars naming each star guiding it until it shines into my heart awakening me to deeper seeing new revelations and brighter epiphanies. O Infinite Star Giver I now ask for… Continue reading Advent Day 20: Creator of the Stars …

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Advent Day 19: Bearing Witness …

Bearing witness is one of the primary ways that human beings hold each other up and help each other grow. Bearing witness is also one of the primary functions of art. No matter what we long for in our imagination, we are just as obliged to affirm the truth of how we mistreat each other… Continue reading Advent Day 19: Bearing Witness …

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Advent Day 18: Harnessing The Power Of Love …

I have a memory, too, as a twelve-year-old of crying silently but bitterly face-down into a pillow on the living room floor. That day, my bird, my only life companion, had disappeared up an open flue in our apartment wall. There were visiting relatives in the house, in my bedroom, whom I knew were not… Continue reading Advent Day 18: Harnessing The Power Of Love …