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 …

Quotes

The Living Image Of God …

The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference. — Parker J. Palmer from  The Courage to Teach I conclude by saying that each of us must keep faith in the future. Let us not despair. Let us realize that as we struggle for justice and freedom,… Continue reading The Living Image Of God …

Days In The Desert, Quotes, Seasons

The Price (Good Friday Meditation) …

The suffering itself is not so bad; it’s the resentment against suffering that is the real pain. — Allen Ginsberg from The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion   There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations… Continue reading The Price (Good Friday Meditation) …

Interreligious, Quotes

Blessing For The Brokenhearted …

God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open. — Hazrat Inayat Khan   When love beckons to you follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks… Continue reading Blessing For The Brokenhearted …

Quotes

Be Not Afraid …

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. — Joshua 1:9 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither… Continue reading Be Not Afraid …

Prayers, Quotes

Courageous Prayer …

My belief is that when you’re telling the truth, you’re close to God. If you say to God, “I am exhausted and depressed beyond words, and I don’t like You at all right now, and I recoil from most people who believe in You,” that might be the most honest thing you’ve ever said. If… Continue reading Courageous Prayer …

Media

Where Does It Hurt: A Wartime Prayer …

Later that night I held an Atlas in my lap ran my fingers across the whole world and whispered: Where does it hurt? It answered: Everywhere Everywhere Everywhere. — Warsan Shire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usl0hnGBhJI Wartime Prayers Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations, Appeals for love or loves release, in private invocations. But all that is… Continue reading Where Does It Hurt: A Wartime Prayer …

Media, Poems

What If I Am Not Sadness?

https://youtu.be/WyVFGXrPhVI What if I am not sadness? What if I am not grief? What if I am not my victim’s story Nor am I my pain? What if they are all part of me but not fully me? What if I am just me? What if I am joy without reason…happiness in all seasons? What… Continue reading What If I Am Not Sadness?

Quotes, Seasons

Sweet Darkness …

People who have come to know the joy of God do not deny the darkness, but they choose not to live in it. They claim that the light that shines in the darkness can be trusted more than the darkness itself and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness. They… Continue reading Sweet Darkness …