Following the thread…


Quote: Bishop Steven Charleston

This day…

Be glad for today, this day, a day to live and see and touch and feel, a day to make things happen, to discover and to create, this day filled with sights both strange and familiar, this day of the everyday, the common and even the dull, spiced with the sudden surprise of difference, a day for magic, a day for wonder, this day, one more day, given for you to explore, given for you to enjoy, so that even if it is a day with hardship, it is your day to change, to mold and to shape, to offer love andr receive love, this day, today, a day to cherish just like all the other days that have flowed from heaven into your heart.

Steven Charleston

To be quiet, to be gentle…

IMG_0220


Quote: Steven Charleston

The Rising Sun

When the sun rises, those who did not fear the night will be seen, still standing.


Quote and image taken from Steven Charleston

A cry for comfort and safety


(Vietnamese brother comforting baby sister )

I wake this morning with few words and an aching heart.

I share this image as an icon of comfort and compassion – a human response at any age. 

I share this prayer as a way to express the thoughts I carry deep within. 

For Nice, France

“God have mercy on all those who have lost their lives without reason. Lift them up in your strong arms and hold them close. Receive them into a place where there is no more terror or sorrow. Help the injured to recover. Guard them from further pain. Comfort the families with deep compassion. Give them a sense of your presence as they search for a way to bear their grief. And pour your Spirit into this broken world. Let your love run like waters of life into every mind and heart. Show us how to confront what we cannot comprehend and stop the sacrifice of so many innocent lives.”


quote: Bishop Steven Charleston
image: Vietnamese siblings, taken by Na Son Nguyen, 2007

to face the wind

13006671_1015284395223099_1336638786162464035_n

I have seen the Spirit moving behind the gathering clouds, with wings the color of rainbows. I have watched the light of creation split the sky, as angels pound the drums of heaven. What is holy is not what is tame, what is divine is as wild as a desert rain. Love is not a timid breeze, but a storm of change, sweeping the comfortable before it like leaves, blowing the dust off our ordered lives, challenging us to dare the elements of our own vision. What is holy is not what is tame, so when you stand to pray, stand facing the wind.


Disaster calls for compassion…

 

Compassion

The final word to our lives will not be terror or hate. Even if they seem overwhelming now, they will not define us or control us. Other forces are at work, deep forces that move silently among us, drawing us closer against the storm. Whenever human beings face disaster together, whatever that peril may be, our ancient instinct for compassion rises up to unite us in common cause. We do not shatter beneath the blows. We only grow stronger. No, fear and hate will never have the last word. Love will. The love every faithful soul feels when it sees a life in danger.
Bishop Steven Charleston

with thoughts and prayers for the people of Brussels, Ivory Coast and all places affected by violence and danger