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

Advent Day 05: Practicing Peace In Times of War …

When you’re like a keg of dynamite just about to go off, patience means just slowing down at that point—just pausing—instead of immediately acting on your usual, habitual response. You refrain from acting, you stop talking to yourself, and then you connect with the soft spot. But at the same time you are completely and… Continue reading Advent Day 05: Practicing Peace In Times of War …

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 . ..

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 26: Journey from Darkness into Light …

The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t… Continue reading Advent Day 26: Journey from Darkness into Light …

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 …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 24: Alpha and Omega …

I am making the whole of creation new. . . . It will come true. . . . It is already done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. — Revelation 21:5-6 Is this Jesus of Nazareth speaking here or Someone Else? Whoever it is, is offering an optimistic arc… Continue reading Advent Day 24: Alpha and Omega …

Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 23: Embracing The Mystery …

The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery. We retain the child in us to the extent that we honor the mystery. Therefore, children have open, wide-awake eyes, because they know that they are… Continue reading Advent Day 23: Embracing The Mystery …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Seasons

Advent Day 14: Comfort and Joy …

They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. One nation shall not raise the sword against another nation; nor shall they train for war again. — Isaiah 2:4 While external clutter is rather easily cured with a big waste basket and a donation bag, internal clutter is a more difficult… Continue reading Advent Day 14: Comfort and Joy …

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) …