Prayers, Quotes

The Buoyancy of Hope (COVID Vaccine) …

May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors that this endeavor bring healing, for You are the generous healer. Siddur Edot HaMizrach from Assorted Blessings and Prayers (Hebrew Text) A Prayer for Receiving the COVID Vaccine I have been praying for this day and now it is here!With great excitement,… Continue reading The Buoyancy of Hope (COVID Vaccine) …

Quotes, Seasons

Easter Is A Festival Of Human Solidarity …

Human beings are like parts of a body,created from the same essence.When one part is hurt and in pain,the others cannot remain in peace and be quiet.If the misery of others leaves you indifferentand with no feelings of sorrow,You cannot be called a human being.Saadi See no stranger has become a practice that defines my relationships… Continue reading Easter Is A Festival Of Human Solidarity …

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 …

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, Poems, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: God Comes Uninvited …

Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited. — Thomas Merton from Raids on the Unspeakable The Arrival A more lowly place of birth could not exist. Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed,… Continue reading Advent Meditation: God Comes Uninvited …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Meditation: Magnificent Refuge …

Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present. ― Edward Hays from A Pilgrim’s Almanac God Is Everywhere There is a time for stillness, for waiting for Christ as he makes his dancing way toward us. And there is a time… Continue reading Advent Meditation: Magnificent Refuge …

Poems, Seasons

Gratitude Makes Us Joyful (Thanksgiving Meditation) …

I am filled time and again with a heart-aching wonder when I think of the fire and frost of memories of the everlastingness of love the solace of family and the power of prayer. — Sanober Khan from Turquoise Silence   Ordinary happiness depends on happenstance. Joy is that extraordinary happiness that is independent of… Continue reading Gratitude Makes Us Joyful (Thanksgiving Meditation) …

Days of Advent, Prayers, Seasons

Advent Day 06: You Keep Us Waiting, Looking, Loving …

If you trust in Nature, in what is simple in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will… Continue reading Advent Day 06: You Keep Us Waiting, Looking, Loving …

Quotes

Standing At The Gates of Hope …

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope— Not the prudent gates of Optimism, Which are somewhat narrower. Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; Nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness, Which creak on shrill and angry hinges (People cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through) Nor the cheerful, flimsy… Continue reading Standing At The Gates of Hope …