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Archive for December, 2011

God is in all of this

God is in all of this, gifting, guiding, delighting, challenging you, presenting you with opportunities to mature, deepen, and broaden. God is, in fact, continually creating you through all your experience, and you are the indispensable co-creator. Everything that is going on in your life is grist for that mysterious, open-ended creative process.

— Thomas Hart, “What to Expect in Christian Spiritual Direction”, in┬áPresence, Vol. 13, No. 1, March 2007, p. 41-42.

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Action

Wherever

the action is

in your life

is where God

is most involved

with you.

That is where

you are making

the choices

that determine

what you are

becoming

as a person.

— Thomas Hart, “What to Expect in Christian Spiritual Direction”, in Presence, Vol. 13, No. 1, March 2007, p. 42

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Enter into wonder

Wonder

is sometimes

just another

emotion.

But there’s

a deeper way

to understand it,

and I think

it is central

to what it means

to be human.

I think

we are here,

in the universe,

to enter wonder.

It’s not a luxury.

— Carol Ludwig and Bob Gardenhire, “Igniting Life: An Interview with Brian Swimme”, in Presence, Vol. 13, No. 1, March 2007, p. 51

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In praise of grandmothers

Lover of Literature

Singer of Songs

Dancer of Dances

She was medicine to my soul,

a boost to my ego

honey to my hunger

for knowledge of

where we came from,

who we were,

who I was to become,

Grandmother,

a truly grand mother,

a prayerful woman,

singing hymns while she washed dishes,

humming while she swept the floor,

teaching me our traditions while we ironed.

She nurtured my faith,

increased my knowledge,

bandaged my boo-boos,

for the love of God

and of me, child of her child.

I praise God for this

Holy Woman, Wise Woman, Medicine Woman.

— Jane Richardson Jensen and Patricia Harris-Watkins, She Who Prays, p. 86

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Play in your presence

Morning Star, as the sun moves through the heavens, night becomes day. As the Spirit moves through the world, the dusks and dawns of life become holy ground. May I feel the sparkle of your radiance so deeply within that I am able to live fully into this day. Let my spirit play in your presence, regardless of what transpires. Amen.

— Jane Richardson Jensen and Patricia Harris-Watkins, She Who Prays, p. 48.

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Magi

Magi from the East magnify

the feast of Incarnation:

Word made flesh where

East meets West: intuition

greets reason, silence

enfleshes presence, contemplation

embodies manifestation:

“The silent Word is pleading,”

facing east, praying west:

Epiphany!

This treasured Christ

is bathed with Light

from the ancient East.

— Kent Ira Groff, Facing East, Praying West, p. 28-29

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Wonder

We cannot manufacture wonder. However, though it comes as a gift, we can prepare for its arrival. We do this by paying attention a disposition of heart and mind basic to all prayer. In Waiting for God, the French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil states the equation between prayer and attention in a radical way: “Prayer consists of attention. It is the orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God.”… At its root, attention means to stretch toward something; when we pay attention to anything, we open out to it.

— Kathleen Fischer, Loving Creation, p. 68-69

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