~ Shams Tabrizi
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
Praying by Mary Oliver
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
and so a new day begins…
It is a serious thing, just to be alive on this fresh morning, in this broken world.
Making conscious tracks — the future’s path is created by actions we take today. These actions become guides – instructions for those who step onto the trail and forage ahead. These tracks gift our children with direction and instill hope. The steps we take today can leave future generations an inheritance more valuable than anything material.
So what will our tracks tell about the life we have lived? What will our footprints reflect about our priorities and concerns? Each day I read of actions taken that show little interest in enriching lives and communities. Many of today’s footsteps are taken to better one’s self and only widen the gape between those who have and those who are in need.
May each of us set our goal to take careful steps toward a better world, moving ahead as role models to inspire people who feel hopeless. May the path we create lead to peace and well-being for all.