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 …

Days In The Desert

Desert Day 45: The Opposite of Goodness …

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours alone, but also for the sins of the whole world. … Continue reading Desert Day 45: The Opposite of Goodness …

Days In The Desert, Poems

Desert Day 02: Blessing The Desert . ..

Hope begins in the dark: the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don’t give up. — Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird Blessing the Desert Ask me what this blessing sounds like and I will… Continue reading Desert Day 02: Blessing The Desert . ..

Quotes

We Were Made For These Times …

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what… Continue reading We Were Made For These Times …

Interreligious, Quotes

Are You Brave Enough to Awaken? …

In the end, the goal does not rest on being successful or even happy.  It's about finding a way through the layers of resistance that keeps us frightened and small.  Waking up to our deepest nature, we see life as it is and ourselves as we truly are.  We finally see what's possible.  —  Paula D'Arcy from… Continue reading Are You Brave Enough to Awaken? …

Poems, Quotes

There Is A Homelessness …

There is a homelessness, never to be clearly defined. It is more than having no place of one’s own, no bed or chair. It is more than walking in a waste of wind, or gleaning the crumbs where someone else has dined, or taking a coin for food or clothes to wear. The loan of… Continue reading There Is A Homelessness …

Prayers

Blessing Prayer (For Children) …

We pray for children who sneak popsicles before supper, who erase holes in math workbooks, who can never find their shoes. And we pray for those who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, who never "counted potatoes," who are born in places… Continue reading Blessing Prayer (For Children) …

Quotes

Sunlit Paths Of Inner Peace …

... Now I say to you in conclusion, life is hard, at times as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and difficult moments. Like the ever-flowing waters of the river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of flood. Like the ever-changing cycle of the seasons, life has the soothing warmth… Continue reading Sunlit Paths Of Inner Peace …