Days of Advent, Quotes

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) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: The Darkness (Winter Solstice) …

Begin here. Say that you have chosen it. Say that it was your own hand that turned out the light, your own mouth that blew out the candle, your own eyes that closed themselves against the brightness. Say it was your doing. Say you needed the shadows, the darkness, that your eyes had begun to… Continue reading Advent Meditation: The Darkness (Winter Solstice) …

Days of Advent, Poems, Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

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 …

Days In The Desert, Poems

Desert Day 02: Blessing The Desert . ..

Hope begins in the dark: the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don’t give up. — Anne Lamott from Bird by Bird Blessing the Desert Ask me what this blessing sounds like and I will… Continue reading Desert Day 02: Blessing The Desert . ..

Quotes, Seasons

Winter Has A Gift To Give …

Winter here is a demanding season—and not everyone appreciates the discipline. It is a season when death’s victory can seem supreme: few creatures stir, plants do not visibly grow, and nature feels like our enemy. And yet the rigors of winter, like the diminishments of autumn, are accompanied by amazing gifts. One gift is beauty,… Continue reading Winter Has A Gift To Give …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 28: Silent Night, Holy Night (Christmas Eve) …

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. — Isaiah 9.2 All grace comes precisely from nowhere—from silence and emptiness, if you prefer—which is what makes it grace. It is both you and yet so much greater than… Continue reading Advent Day 28: Silent Night, Holy Night (Christmas Eve) …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 25: The Longest Night …

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God! — Apollon Maykov All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling with its eyes closed, feeling its way… Continue reading Advent Day 25: The Longest Night …

Books

Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light (New Release) …

Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light by Paula D'Arcy An apprenticeship with the night is an inheritance I would wish for everyone.” Paula D’Arcy was only 27 when a drunk driver killed her husband and young daughter. But in the midst of her crushing despair, and to her complete amazement, she discovered a presence… Continue reading Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light (New Release) …