Love will come

If in your heart you make a manger for his birth.
Then God will once again become a child on earth
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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

 

Heart’s memory


The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.


~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

In a word, in a prayer

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

The sounds unleashed in silence

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.


Christine Sine

better things ahead

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and so a new day begins…

Spring Is Coming…

A Speed of Soul Thought

Yes, Spring is coming.
But before the buds,
Before the blooms,
In the clean, clear grey light,
The world vibrates
With muddy possibility.
May I be content to be now
To drink in the almost and soon
Here in the beautiful not yet.


Quote- Carrie Newcomer
Photo- Shutterstock

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