Dazzled

Shepherds: a serigraph by John August Swanson

“It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day.”

Now is the moment. It is the only moment we truly have. Look around and see…

We are near the time and place which has called for so much preparation. We have been primed to be alert, to pay attention.

Paying attention can bring moments important and inspiring.

When alert I have seen:

— Fireflies covering a field. Like a blanket of light and movement, they floated in silent grace only saying what was necessary in the glow of dusk.
— Fox pups with coats orange-brown playing on a mound of green earth. With frisky jumps and dashing runs they tried to hide from one another only to be discovered by sweeping tails dipped in white.
— A tiny Carolina wren perched face-first high in the corner of my porch. Dusk had settled into night and this little one had found a safe, dry place to sleep.
— And just yesterday a streak of indigo caught my eye. Before I knew it I faced a tree host to a family of blue birds.

To my surprise… after all this time I still feel a rush of energy when I am present to these sightings. They are moments discovered outside of human control.

We are near the time and place when a moment outside of human control comes to blanket the world with peace and care.

Like the shepherds looking up to angels bright as stars, be alert as God’s presence moves among us.


Quote: Mary Oliver, Good Morning No 5, from Blue Horses (2014)
Location unknown – image source: stekla63.ru

Waiting for mud to settle…

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

 


Quote: Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

thank you, Mindfulbalance

Gentle discipline

When we persevere with the help of a gentle discipline,
we slowly come to hear the still, small voice
and to feel the delicate breeze,
and so to come to know the presence of Love.

 And Advent begins…


Quote: Henri Nouwen
Photo: JR Korpa

A strand of your day…

Gnite —
from the moment of total darkness when you close your eyes
To your mind searching for anything —
A dream of summer, a familiar path,
building from that source, until you find your bearings.
You are at home inside yourself-
You needed only a strand of your day to dream.

 

 

Quote: Lin-Manuel Miranda