Living gratefully

 

There are many things to be grateful “for” but,
as I ripen with the seasons of life,
the many reasons blend into a sacred mystery.
And, most deeply,
I realize that living gratefully is its own blessing.


Quote: Michael Mahoney
Photo: Susanne Pälmer

https://gratefulness.org

Never certain

Don’t expect faith to clear things up for you.

It is trust, not certainty

 


Quote: Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being

Close to your soul

 

Put your ear down close to your soul
and listen hard.  

 

How still must one be to hear the soul’s message? How quiet?

We live in a noisy world. Sitting to write I turned off all the sound makers. No TV, no music, no blowing fans. For a brief moment I felt the presence of silence. It was solid- hanging in the air, it surrounded me, strong and calm.

But it did not last long. The noise makers I could not control begin to buzz with motors and gears. The heater came on, the ice maker filled with water and dropped cubes into the tray. Birds arrived on the feeders with song and chatter.

Does the call to still quiet have anything to do with noise from outside?


Anne Sexton, from Letter Written on a Ferry.

Created by love

 

I believe that the world was created and approved by love,
that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that,
insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.

 

 


Quote: Wendell Berry