Growing Still

May you grow still enough to hear
the small noises earth makes
in preparing for the long sleep of winter,
so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded
deep within.


Quote: Br. David Steindel-Rast
Photo: Fabrice Villard

 

A new year — Advent 1

Roger Hutchison - Advent 1

 

 

And so a new year begins… in the Christian tradition, we mark another circle around the sun.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent – a time to begin anew. As the month of December begins energy pulls toward Christmas.

Every store we enter, every advertisement we see, many songs we hear — all focus on the importance of preparing for Christmas. This is often chaotic, stress-building preparation. Preparation far from the call to collect oneself and gather with others to intentionally listen for sounds of God’s arrival.

Advent is a time set apart to live with a sense of wonder and anticipation. It is a time to settle the noise around you,  to wait for something to come- something exciting and new.

Does your heart race? Do you feel a bit unsettled?

Light a candle in the dark places and stay alert.


Thank you, Roger Hutchison, for this beautiful image of Advent1.

Lest We Forget

Alan SunArt of Marp: “Did a painting to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the armistice in Europe.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent.

(Nov 11, 2018)


Shared from Live & Learn – David Kanigan

by example

 

The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.


Quote: Paul Coehlo
Photo: Michael Treu