Prayers, Quotes

The Buoyancy of Hope (COVID Vaccine) …

May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors that this endeavor bring healing, for You are the generous healer. Siddur Edot HaMizrach from Assorted Blessings and Prayers (Hebrew Text) A Prayer for Receiving the COVID Vaccine I have been praying for this day and now it is here!With great excitement,… Continue reading The Buoyancy of Hope (COVID Vaccine) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Joy (Advent Meditation) …

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:18–19   I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has… Continue reading Joy (Advent Meditation) …

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) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

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 …

Days of Advent, Seasons

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 …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 16: Second Sight …

When we were children, most of us were good friends with mystery. The world was full of it and we loved it. Then as we grew older, we slowly accepted the indoctrination that mystery exists only to be solved. For many of us, mystery became an adversary; unknowing became a weakness. The contemplative spiritual life… Continue reading Advent Day 16: Second Sight …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Joy is what makes life worth living, but for many joy seems hard to find. They complain that their lives are sorrowful and depressing. What then brings the joy we so much desire? Are some people just… Continue reading Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 12: Don’t Hesitate …

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back,… Continue reading Advent Day 12: Don’t Hesitate …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 09: The Deeper My Joy …

They are prepared for a God who strikes hard bargains but not for a God who gives as much for an hour's work as for a day's. They are prepared for a mustard-seed kingdom of God no bigger than the eye of a newt but not for the great banyan it becomes with birds in… Continue reading Advent Day 09: The Deeper My Joy …