The Epiphany unveils a powerful truth: that if Jesus is Lord, then Caesar is not Lord, nor Herod, nor all the violence of the world.
Remember: “when Herod heard this, he was frightened.” Amen.
May it be so.
Quote: Sara Miles
Image: ‘The Three Wise women’ Lore Raymond
In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen,
we can hear the whisper of the heart giving
strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.
You too can fly. But that cocoon must go! Anonymous
Good morning all!
The air is crisp. It is certain that Fall has arrived.
In formation birds fly toward their winter homes. Their direction only understood by an internal compass. No worry, no fear – only the feel of air under their wings and the pleasure of sharing the journey with others.
This is also true for butterflies. As the season brings cooler days they begin their own journey toward more temperate climates. Beginning their lives with only the ability to crawl, these beautiful creatures weave their own protective covering to experience a transformation filled with mystery and miracle.
With wings strong enough to carry them hundreds of miles, never could there be flight if butterflies held onto their cocoons.
Let today be a day to fly. Inspired by the butterfly’s transformation – may we find courage to leave the cocoon behind. May we stretch our wings finding them strong enough to carry us over the miles of our hopes and dreams.
In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.
Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable. Gandhi
I do love this image. Opposite in size and balance. Great creature, small wise boy– they meet one another, reflecting strength and humility. Who knows which is the strongest or more loving. Does it really matter?
They meet face to face enveloped in an air of peace and confidence. Language does not limit this interchange. Words may be spoken but it is the spirit that bonds their intent.
Our intentions are at the core of our actions. They express acceptance or rejection, peace or battle. In a world vibrating with fear and division, it is risky to love. Yet the risk is essential, not for gain but survival. Taken one step at a time, love’s strength can redirect the lost and reconnect the lonely.
I do love this image. In it there is hope – the greatest of challenges can be met. Success does not have to involve struggle but can be accomplished with humility and love. May we take the risk – one person at a time.
(Photo taken by Gregory Colbert.for ASHES AND SNOW)
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. Emily Dickinson
How often do we sit on a cloudy day longing for the sun’s light. With its appearance, colors are brilliant, walks more pleasant and its warmth embraces us as we go through the day.
We do not know when we will be greeted by the light of dawn. This greeting may bring a new beginning, a fresh idea or a true sense of renewal. It is easy to wish for these life-giving changes but this wish often remains in our hearts, longing in the dark.
Take a chance – be ready – open your doors to the promise of dawn. When it arrives, may you feel encouraged by all it offers. Wait for it eagerly with doors open and hearts watching for its arrival. Dawn shines light on all things new – be encouraged, this includes you!