I rise to taste the dawn,
and find that love alone will shine today.
With delight and gratitude I greet this day. One year ago (by date), my companion- Angela- and I arrived in Davidson with a mattress for my new bed frame, a coffee maker, a card table (two chairs included) and an air mattress. The beginnings of a move like no other.
It was a spacious apartment prior to the arrival of the rest of my ‘home’. We had all we needed to settle in — just in time for my mother’s surgery. For the next few weeks there would be little time in this apartment. Enough to sleep, freshen, open a few boxes and return to the hospital. I spent many evenings by mom’s side as she began her determined recovery. Each night I would return to my new home in awe of its welcome and grateful for my companion and the quiet space.
I pause to feel the presence of grace at this sunrise. The past year was filled with the challenge and joy of settling and resettling. Living near family has created a welcome calm and delight. With both my sister and my parents the spontaneous moments for a glass of wine or evenings together to share dinner have been a gift- a gift of Time never taken for granted.
“I rise to taste this dawn…” Aware of its announcement I welcome the warming light with gratitude for all that makes a place – home – family, friends and a sense of belonging. It is here that love shines.
Quote- KEN WILBER
Photo- JULIA BORODULINA
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart,
and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
Quote: Donna Roberts
PHOTO: Tensin Choejor: taken of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu gathered to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday
If in your heart you make a manger for his birth.
Then God will once again become a child on earth.
We draw close and our hearts awaken.
A manger simple yet sturdy. Isn’t that what we seek in this season of Advent? We seek something that is strong enough to receive the promise of life and renewed love.
Isn’t that what these weeks before Christmas offer? They offer time set apart – time to focus on what gently holds our hope and calls us to watch and prepare a place for God.
We hope and listen. We prepare our hearts both outside and within, making room for new life and renewed love.
Reflection inspired by the song– If in your heart –
from the CD- An Unexpected Christmas – the Virginia Girls Choir and Ana Hernandez
Quote – Angelus Silesius
Art – He Qi
The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~
Is it true? In a word… there is power and control. In a word… one can conquer.
Is it promised? In a prayer… there is humility and acceptance. In a prayer… one can be free.
Pentatonix- Hallelujah from 2016 release- A Pentatonix Christmas
Listen for the sounds unleashed in the silence. Listen for the voices of stone that cry out to the glory of God.
Look for the sights unveiled by the rising sun. Look for the blossoms shimmering in morning light, singing God’s praise.
Breathe in the gift of faithful promises.
Breathe in the hope of a future world, now but not yet, where freedom triumphs, peace and abundance reign. Amen.