Archive for January, 2012


I live in a fairly isolated part of rural Scotland, with no street lighting, and indeed no street, just a country lane with passing places, surrounded by cows. But only a few months ago I lived in a lively market town in a housing development with lots of neighbors and bright — too bright — street lighting. So it came as a big surprise recently to wake up at one in the morning to find the house bathed in a bright light. At first I thought I was back in my old home with the street lighting blazing through my curtains. Then I remembered where I was and thought I must have overslept and that the dawn had cracked over me unawares. Then I went to the window and beheld the glory of a huge full moon, flooding the place with intense silver light. I was speechless under its spell.

— Margaret Silf, The Other Side of Chaos, p. 82


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Living the dream

The good news is that we have the choice to cooperate with this process of transcendence, nurturing all that is making us more human and working against all that is tending to dehumanize us. Then, perhaps it will become more important to us to spend our lives and our energy in ways that further this dream than to rigidly save them in the hope of clinging to the way of being we know as Homo sapiens. Once the chick has hatched, the parents will no longer grieve over the broken shell. Can it be so for us, too?

— Margaret Silf, The Other Side of Chaos, p. 151-152

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Community prayer

Conversation with God is not always a solitary affair, just as many of our other conversations involve more than one person. As Christians we have a built-in family, a fellowship of believers, and one of our chief tasks as the family of God is to maintain a running conversation about the things that are important to us.

— Vinita Hampton Wright, Days of Deepening Friendship, p. 190

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Longing for peace

Our longing for reconciliation and an end to violence is realized only by the prioritizing of justice. Longing for water, longing for life and longing for God come together in a resting place where desires are satisfied and fulfilled in justice for vulnerable communities and the earth’s own economy. This is our yearning, our hope: that the earth’s woundedness will be over and together we shall know each other in a flowing world where our yearnings are realized in truth, peace and love. Only then will we awaken to a deeper yearning, and know ourselves held and cherished by the desire of God.

— Mary C. Grey, Sacred Longings, p. 211-212

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Never forget

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own significance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never forget.

— Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

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Rethinking nature

So nature has to be rethought as neither a backcloth, nor a romantic escape from pollution, but as both subject and object of our own mismanagement, and fellow victim. Knowing the world is knowing ourselves as nature, as survivors with nature, thinking, feeling, celebrating and suffering together, deeply caught up in the longing for mutual flourishing, especially where this is most threatened.

— Mary C. Grey, Sacred Longings, p. 133

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Come to the feast

Healing is impossible

in loneliness;

it is the opposite of loneliness.

Conviviality is healing.

To be healed

we must come

with all the other creatures

to the feast of Creation.

— Wendell Berry

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