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They were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old...“The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favour and taken away my disgrace among the people.” Luke 1: 7, 25
The visible reminder of Invisible Light.
The Rock, T S Eliot
He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.
The light shines in the darkness.
To child is born to us!
A son is given to us!
No man is an island. John Donne
Little Brown Jobs. Definition (noun): Colloquial, generic term used by birders to describe small, difficult to identify birds such as relatively unremarkable sparrows. birding.about.com
could be happier anywhere than where it happens to be.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world.
The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.
Every wonderful sight will vanish; every sweet word will fade,
But do not be disheartened,
The source they come from is eternal, growing,
Branching out, giving new life and new joy.
Rumi, translated from the Persian
the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
When a friend dies, part
of oneself splits off
and spins into the outer dark.
...Part of one's body has been riven.
When a friend, Stephen Dobyns
We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19
Nothing is lost. Nothing is so small
that it does not return.
God has gifted Creation with everything that is necessary...Nothing that is necessary for life is lacking.
Hildegard of Bingen
I know what everyone wants
is a miracle.
We are both staring hard
At each other. He wants to know
Just where in this bright, blue-faced world
He might be safe.
I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.'
The time will come when...
I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering
Love is patient. 1 Corinthians 13:4
Let us make mankind in our likeness. Genesis 1:26
When you open up in silence to what is there, there is something that is there that is not yourself.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
Mary Oliver, from Wild Geese
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance.
Rainer Maria Rilke
He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near.
Acts 17:28, The Message
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
(Colossians 1:15, NLT)
There is life without love. It is not worth a bent penny, or a scuffed shoe.
West Wind , Mary Oliver
"Watchin' and listenin' 's the thing at present ."
Magician 's Nephew, C S Lewis
Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. Hebrews 13:16
It's time the stone consented to bloom.
Weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Every week, a Sabbath rest when I release the world’s hold on me.
Christine Valters Paintner
Is this the river of life
or death? Both? Both.
Wendell Berry, Sabbaths 2002, VI
His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace. Ephesians 2:15
When hope has gone, when nothing happens, nothing changes.
I promise you that today you will be with me in paradise.
Simon from Cyrene happened to be coming in from a farm, and they forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. Mark 15
Men here have short attention spans.
They see something sparkly and they're off.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done?" Luke 23:22
“You are one of them!” “No, I’m not!” Peter replied.
Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
There's no accounting for happiness,...
It comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.
Zacchaeus, hurry down! I want to stay with you today. (Luke 19:5)
I'm hurt all the time.
I don't want to cry for the way I feel inside.
I just want someone to hold me...
I'm alone in the dark, please try to find me.
When Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit quickly ran to him from the graveyard where he had been living.
Come with me.
Distracted and thoughtless?
Sheldon: I'm not insane, my mother had me tested! (from the Big Bang Theory)
Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’ Luke 8:48
Who or what have I lost?
Relating is at the heart of what is redemptive, and what may bring about the transformation of the world.
These opposites are the stuff of our life.
Father Bede Griffiths
It is morning, afternoon or evening.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Guest House, Rumi
Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.
And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.
Wendell Berry, Collected Poems
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Everything that was created
received its life from him,
and his life gave light
John 1, 3-4 CEV
Stay with me, then I shall begin to shine as You shine; to shine so as to be a light to others.
Be not too curious of Good and Evil;
Seek not to count the future waves of Time;
But be ye satisfied that you have light
Enough to take your step and find your foothold.
TS Eliot, The Rock
'Matter matters' so the founder of the Iona Community succinctly put it. Matter whether hill, valley or sheep or matter as heart and lungs, bones and face, mind and emotions matter. Presence endures.
Weaving tunes, composing symphonies: The Sacred Story incorporates our own sacred stories.
Always we begin again. (Rule of St. Benedict)
Stop at any point in your day to reflect upon the day's graces and pulls. Set within the context of the changing seasons we will be offering an audiovisual liturgically based ‘altar’ for stilling ourselves and re-viewing our experience of Life this day.
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness (of Christ). We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (The Message)
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
Mary Oliver, The Messenger
And God saw everything that he had made,
and behold it was very good (beautiful).
Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them:
but Love cannot cease to will their removal.
C.S.Lewis, The Problem of Pain
You will hear of wars.
If I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13
Faith slips - and laughs, and rallies
Emily Dickinson, This World is not Conclusion
Call yourself alive? Look, I promise you
that for the first time you’ll feel your pores opening
Temptation, Nina Cassian
I am born for the second time.
I am light
as the eyelash of the wind...
I walk dancing,
if I wish, I will soar.
And walking down the street to the railroad station
Past magnolia trees with dying flowers like old socks
It was a long time since he had breathed so simply.
A Journey, Edward Field
Holy Spirit, giving life to all life,
moving all creatures...
awakening the heart
from its ancient sleep.
Hildegard of Bingen, Holy Spirit
Whatever happens. Whatever
what is is is what
I want. Only that. But that.
Galway Kinnell, Prayer
I don't believe in the other world.
But also I don't believe in this world
unless it is pierced with light.
Anna Kamienska, The Other World
We had hoped...they were so filled with joy and wonder. (Luke 24)
This huge trusted power Is spirit. He moves in the muscle of the world, In continual creation. He burns the tides, he shines From the matchless skies. He is the day's surrender. Chorus, Elizabeth Jennings
There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it. John 19:41-42
Do you think for a minute I'm not going to drink this cup the Father gave me?... Pilate caved in to their demand. He turned Jesus over to be crucified. John 18:11, 19:16