Holy Week is filled with stories. How easy it can be to think these are stories from long ago.
The olive tree, the olive branch… symbols of peace – then and now.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, pray for the peace of Syria… pray for peace.
Door of the day… (Old City, Jerusalem Olive Tree, Pinterest)
Holy places can be found in the most unsuspecting places. These are places that feel sacred as you approach.
Do we go by these places each day without taking a moment to notice?
If the day allows, note your surroundings. What can you find that draws you as sacred space?
Door of the day… Mystical doorway France (Pinterest)
The week begins-
there are places of delight and beauty to discover along the way. Be they small or large, take note. These treasures can give room for breath in the midst of a busy day.
image- Lviv, Ukraine (Pinterest)
Door of the day… (Pinterest- boredart.com)
from one transition to another. it takes a flexibility that can sometimes push the limit. be gentle with yourself as you move through these transitions. you are not alone. we all face unexpected and challenging doorways – even when they are beautiful. remember to breath.
Door of the day… (Pinterest)
It is Monday. As you move into the new week may you find beauty in the detail. Routine has many portals – not all are doorways. Be curious to find something new in each portal.
In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”― William Blake
(Moroccan door Pinterest)
Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.
Edwin Louis Cole
A most important word – expect. During the last four weeks we have been tuning our abilities to stay alert and expect. In most homes this preparation involves creating a sense of familiar, a comfort in tradition. Trees are decorated and parties are hosted. Families gather to share meals and gifts.
All of this is expected. Yet there is a greater expectation in the air. The kind that fills the earth with a sense of awe and wonder. Against a backdrop of the impossible, behind doors strange and unfamiliar – everything is in place for God’s miracle to come into this world.
A required census, takes Joseph and Mary far from home to be counted in the town of Joseph’s roots.
To imagine for a moment – riding a donkey pregnant and full-term. So many miles — to a place where there are few friends or contacts. They knew no one and struggled to find a place to rest and prepare for a birth. The road was rough. They entered Bethlehem weary and cautious. The baby has begun to make his move and his mother had to find someplace, any place.
In the town considered home to Joseph – there was no place for him to stay with his family.
How can you prepare when so little is in your control? All this time to wait for the expected.
It seems, once again, God knows the way to get the world’s attention. In a barn, behind an inn – He is born. God has come among us in spite of these apparent limitations.
Behind an unfamiliar door, inside an unknown stable – the moment is here. A baby is born.
So it seems that being prepared is different from being in control. We are called to be prepared and to stay alert. The miracle comes in an unexpected place – at an unexpected time.
And all the heavens sing…
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