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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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Advent Day 13: When the Well Runs Dry …

I took a deep breath and looked to God above, begging for help with what felt like an insurmountable task: sitting still and being quiet. Slowly, as the deep breaths continued, inner stillness came. I began to notice my surroundings. In that moment, I saw everything as it was—beautiful, holy, God’s gift. My heart welled… Continue reading Advent Day 13: When the Well Runs Dry …

Quotes

Little Daily Miracles …

What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one. — Virginia Woolf from… Continue reading Little Daily Miracles …

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Advent Meditation: Can You Hear The Angels Singing (Christmas Eve) …

Angels descending, bring from above, Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. — Fanny J. Crosby from She Wields a Pen (Blessed Assurance)   Hidden Beauty Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Can You Hear The Angels Singing (Christmas Eve) …

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Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …

You have traveled too fast over false ground; Now your soul has come to take you back. Take refuge in your senses, open up To all the small miracles you rushed through. —John O'Donohue from To Bless the Space Between Us   Be Still The ancient psalmist plucked his strings and sang a sentence sprung from… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Take Refuge In Silence …

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Advent Prayer: Life Itself Is Grace …

But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for see -- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people." — Luke 1.10 God of fear, God of the night, God of the expectation, You visited shepherds in the night with songs and sights of joy. In all of… Continue reading Advent Prayer: Life Itself Is Grace …

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Advent Meditation: God Birthed Grace Upon The Earth …

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people ... — Titus 2:11 Grace call us into a humility that seeks to honor the grace of God to forgive and restore us. Grace calls us into a humility that seeks to honor the multiple relationships throughout our overlapping households or spheres… Continue reading Advent Meditation: God Birthed Grace Upon The Earth …