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 …

Quotes, Seasons

Autumn Sunset …

Autumn in my part of the world is a season of bounty and beauty. It’s also a season of steady decline—and, for some of us, a slow slide into melancholy. The days become shorter and colder, the trees shed their glory, and summer’s abundance starts to decay toward winter’s death. I’m a professional melancholic, and… Continue reading Autumn Sunset …

Prayers, Quotes

There Are Words In Us (Meditations for Writers) …

First, get settled. Breathe. Big, deep, full breaths, taken slowly. Clear your mind of words. Be wordless. Then, open your eyes and write whatever comes out of you, and keep writing without taking your hands from the paper or the keyboard for fifteen minutes. Don’t worry about punctuation or spelling. Just write. Every day. Fifteen… Continue reading There Are Words In Us (Meditations for Writers) …

Days In The Desert, Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Desert Day 20: When The Well Runs Dry …

Jesus answered her, “Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again. But those who drink the water that I will give them will never become thirsty again. In fact, the water I will give them will become in them a spring that gushes up to eternal life. — John 4: 13-14 And the well… Continue reading Desert Day 20: When The Well Runs Dry …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 10: Desert Listening …

Their words and names echo through the centuries and fall on our ears with the haunting, foreign ring of oriental temple bells: Abba Anthony, Amma Syncletica, Abba Marcarius, Abba Poemen. Yet these fathers and mothers of the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria are our own Christian spiritual forebears. If we listen carefully to their… Continue reading Desert Day 10: Desert Listening …

Quotes

Numb The Dark And You Numb The Light. …

We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we are when beneath every attitude is the want to be loved, and beneath every anger is a wound to be healed and beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time. When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip… Continue reading Numb The Dark And You Numb The Light. …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

The Artist’s Creed …

I believe I am worth the time it takes to create whatever I feel called to create. I believe that my work is worthy of its own space which is worthy of the name, Sacred. I believe that when I enter this space, I have the right to work in silence, uninterruptedly, for as long… Continue reading The Artist’s Creed …