As if it were new…

Blessing
Ancient One
who makes all things new,
may we receive with gentleness
and touch with hopefulness
and protect with fierceness
and love with tenderness;
and may we celebrate with gratefulness
and welcome with humbleness
and tend with gracefulness
all that you give.

Quote: Jan Richardson

Image: Virgin and Child // Cover of The Magnificat // For The National Black Catholic Congress, Orlando, July 2017

on the eve

“One way or another, we’re all white-knuckling our way toward Tuesday. I’ve probably made too many impulse donations to candidates I believe in, but I regret none of them. My husband, son, and I have written letters and held signs. In our small town, we’ll don our masks and vote in person. Beyond that, my approach during these last days has been to stay outdoors as much as possible. I can’t control the outcome of anything that matters, but I can keep the birdfeeders full. I can sweep out the shed, rake up the leaves, and pull out the petunias. I can stay grounded in the simple, necessary tasks of my own life. And I can look at the sky, at the now bare maple tree, at the snow that covers the ground this morning in a frosting of white, and trust in the forces at work in the world that are far beyond my own limited seeing and my own narrow understanding. One day last week, I rounded the corner of the house pushing the wheelbarrow and was stopped in my tracks by the sight of fifty or sixty robins hopping about in the front yard, a gathering as uplifting to me as the determined crowd of citizens who have showed up downtown every Saturday all through the fall to stand in silent solidarity with Black Lives Matter, voting rights, and democracy. When we looked up from breakfast a few days ago to see a herd of deer just outside the window, they seemed almost like silent messengers sent to remind us that we share this time, this place, with others and that we’re all connected, for better and for worse.”


Quote: Katrina Kenison, from “Our Time” (October 31, 2020)
Photo: Menny Fox, from Mennyfox55

thank you, David Kanigan

Offering in Blue

 

Offering in Blue

May you meet each day with 
your head to the sky and your 
feet on the ground. May you 
repair the world by opening
your heart to others.

May you find the courage to 
carry what needs to be carried 
and the surrender to let 
yourself be held until 
you blossom.

Keep listening for the poem 
being written in your heart. 
It will speak truth to you 
the way wind parts the sea.


Quote: Mark Nepo
Image: Pinterest

What happens to one…

What happens to one happens to us all.
We can starve together or feast together.

 


Quote: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Photo: Lukas Budimaier

 

Silence

Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.


SPANISH PROVERB

 

from Gratefulness