BLESSING FOR THE PLACE BETWEEN
When you come
to the place between.
When you have left
what you held
When you are traveling
toward the life
you know not.
When you arrive
at the hardest ground.
May it become
a place to rest.
May it become
a place to dream.
May the pain
that has pressed itself
May the morning
make of it
a place to begin
Quote: Jan Richardson
from The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief
Photo: Bud Holland
I am – oh – so grateful for moments like these – for prayers like these.
Some days are filled with so much noise. This can be noise from within or all around or both.
It can be near and very far away. It is the type of noise that brings no peace.
And so I am grateful for the moments when God reminds me there is a peace that can be found in quiet.
“Night is purer then day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming.
At night everything is more intense,
The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on
a new and deeper meaning.”
Quote: Elie Wiesel
A star at dawn, a drop of dew, an echo, a rainbow and a dream.
These are the objects of life, the gifts of creation. Each is held inside something larger. One star beautifully set within the vast expanse of dawn, one drop in a fresh field damp with the morning’s rise, an echo sounding off the sides of many hills, a rainbow rolled out across the sky – all of these describe a small part of something so much larger. Yet without these objects of detail the larger picture could not be.
Sometimes when we focus on the small things we forget to look at the big picture. Other times we are so consumed by the big picture we forget to focus on the details. It is a balance of sort but either way these “gifts” reflect one another. Each are truly unique, all the while saying something important about the other.
So what about dreams? Small part of something so much larger?
The size of dreams are different. Yes, dreams are a part of something bigger, a reflection of a complex and beautiful creation, the dreamer. And yet within a dream all the details of one’s imagination are freely expressed with little-to-no inhibition. Dreams allow us to face deep emotions. They help process relationships that may require honest insight without fear. They can give us the vision to reach for our passion and the courage to face our fears. Without dreams we become lost and confused.
Dreams are crucial for people to survive during the most challenging of times. They are gifts that bring hope and courage.
A star, a drop, an echo, a rainbow and a dream… each held inside something larger. Each ready to give a simple focus when the world feels overwhelming. Grateful for their presence – may each carry our hearts to a place of strength and grace.
Quote: The Buddha
Photo: Adina Voicu