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) …

Poems, Quotes, Seasons, Vocations

Give Up All The Other Worlds Except The One To Which You Belong (New Year’s Eve) …

You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you. ―David Whyte… Continue reading Give Up All The Other Worlds Except The One To Which You Belong (New Year’s Eve) …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

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 …

Days of Advent, Interreligious, Quotes

Advent Meditation: Making Room For Everything …

We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Making Room For Everything …

Prayers, Quotes

Deep Listening …

O Great Spirit help me always speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when other's speak and to remember the peace that may be found in silence. — Cherokee Prayer from 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom   I pray for deep listening in the new century listening alone listening together listening to others… Continue reading Deep Listening …

Prayers, Quotes

Blessing Prayer: For One Who Is Exhausted (Evening Prayer) …

Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments. Maybe a whole day is just too much to ask. I could choose to believe that in every day, in all things, no matter how dark and ugly, there are shards of beauty if I look for them. — Anna White from… Continue reading Blessing Prayer: For One Who Is Exhausted (Evening Prayer) …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Something stirred from deep within. I felt it knocking, begging to be acknowledged and released. I could not put a name to it, but something felt awakened after a long period of dormancy. In truth, this gnawing sensation had been building for more than a year, but on the levee that day, I grappled with… Continue reading Desert Day 41: Be Still, My Restless Soul …

Days In The Desert, Interreligious, Quotes

Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord. — Zech 2:13 Where shall the Word be found, where will the word resound? Not here. There is not enough silence. — T. S. Elliott from Collected Poems (Ash Wednesday)   To enter the unspeakable requires a quiet courage that points to what is often out of… Continue reading Desert Day 21: At Home In The Silence …

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 . ..