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 …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Dwell In Possibility (Christmas Meditation) …

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they… Continue reading Dwell In Possibility (Christmas Meditation) …

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

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, Quotes, Seasons

Peace (Advent Meditation) …

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. —Matthew 5:9   In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.We listen carefully as it gathers strength.We hear a sweetness.The word is Peace.— Maya Angelou from Amazing Peace   Peace is not just about the… Continue reading Peace (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) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 14: Season of Listening …

So let this winter of listening be enough for the new life I must call my own. — David Whyte from The House of Belonging   On the Ridge We can grow by simply listening, the way the tree on that ridge listens its branches to the sky, the way blood listens its flow to the… Continue reading Advent Day 14: Season of Listening …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 11: Oneness With Love …

When wax and wick work best, light and heat are all that’s left. Like a candle, our wick of spirit is encased in our humanity, and when our spirit is touched, we light up until all we know melts and changes shape for the burn of our experience. Repeatedly, our sweat and struggle burns our… Continue reading Advent Day 11: Oneness With Love …

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 …