Days In The Desert, Quotes

There Is A Balm In Gilead …

Blessed are you in whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes— your heart a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night can be seen the fire that shines forth in you in unaccountable faith, in stubborn hope, in love that illumines every broken thing it finds.Jan Richardson from Circle of Grace: A… Continue reading There Is A Balm In Gilead …

Media, Poems, Quotes

The Hill We Climb …

When day comes we ask ourselves,Where can we find light in this never-ending shade?The loss we carry,a sea we must wadeWe braved the belly of the beastWe’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peaceAnd the norms and notionsof what just isIsn’t always just-ice.And yet the dawn is oursbefore we knew itSomehow we do itSomehow we weathered… Continue reading The Hill We Climb …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Time To Go Into The Dark (Winter Solstice) …

Time to go into the darkwhere the night has eyesto recognize its own.There you can be sureyou are not beyond love.— David Whyte from The House of Belonging (Sweet Darkness)   We risk the life we've known to discover something new . . . The unknown territory will open before us only to the extent… Continue reading Time To Go Into The Dark (Winter Solstice) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Love (Advent Meditation)

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.—1 John 4:7–8   The beginning and end of everything is love. Only inside of this mystery of the exchange of love can… Continue reading Love (Advent Meditation)

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Hope (Advent Meditation) …

Because when all is said and done, the last word is Immanuel — God With Us. — Isaiah 8:10, The Message   Hope and Fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay. Invite one to stay. — Maya Angelou from Sacred Threshold by Paula D'Arcy   A Pilgrimage of Discovery… Continue reading Hope (Advent Meditation) …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s Meditation) …

I place on the altar of dawn: The quiet loyalty of breath, The tent of thought where I shelter, Waves of desire I am shore to And all beauty drawn to the eye. May my mind come alive today To the invisible geography That invites me to new frontiers, To break the dead shell of… Continue reading Dawn’s Altar (New Year’s 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

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 …

Days of Advent, Seasons

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 …