dawn’s doorway

in Italy with Kevin Jones

 

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the door sill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
– Rumi

Photo taken by Kevin Jones

a thought for this Sabbath…

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Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
– Sir J. Lubbock

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look to the sky

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there is peace in the quiet found deep into the night. may this peace weave itself throughout the turmoil of our world, tonight and always.

Look up…

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For all friends and family who are overwhelmed with details. So consumed they hesitate to ‘look up’ for fear they may lose their focus. Sometimes the things that can order our lives the most are as near as a breeze stirring fall leaves.

Look up, and see the opportunity God has given you. How often our vision becomes obscured by our many worries, they surround us like a dense forest, making it easy to lose our way. Life seems a burden. We drift among the endless details, weighted down with the bits and pieces of daily care. Look up, look out, look beyond to discover a path out of the woods. God opens the door to the cage, renews our vision, gives us a new way to start fresh with a clear mind and an open heart. Hear the bell ringing in the distance. Feel the breeze. Look up.

(Bishop Charleston)

To experience holy silence

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What an amazing picture. A little child in the midst of an ancient practice. So intent, even to the detail of his fingers. It is hard to imagine what kind of world surrounds this child’s experience.

This picture reminds me of the many times a young one has stood before me, hands open to receive communion or to reach for a blessing. They watch and listen as if the meaning of this worship is clear. With imaginations, fresh and unencumbered, children instinctively know the importance of these words and actions. They may fidget, create art on paper with crayons and speak out in a moment of silence but they are paying attention. In a flash, they express their own faith throwing us off balance–reminding us that we are in a place where the unexpected happens.

During times set aside for worship, we (yes, even clergy) often are distracted by thoughts of our schedules and activities for that day and beyond. These thoughts become our fidgets, our coloring activities, our own shout-outs in the midst of holy silence. To become quiet in mind and spirit is not easy task. With all the stimulus that fills our lives, finding a time for quiet is a challenge on its own and sometimes just not possible.

I look again at the picture of this child. Not only does it bring a smile but it can bring a moment of stillness and peace. What brings a moment of calm when noise and chaos surrounds you? No one image works for all people but we can find something that will carry our holy silence until we can hold it once again. It may be a picture, a memory, a person or a prayer. Whatever you ‘see’ – let it travel with you through your busy days. May it offer a moment that calms and quiets you in mind and spirit.