Lord, you know us. You know we often confuse the joy we find in a feast with family and friends, a cheerfully trimmed tree, or even in the carols sung at church with the joy the angels sing about. Help us to focus on the things that bring YOU joy–justice for the oppressed, courage for the fearful, welcome for the excluded, comfort for the grieving, companionship for the lonely.
~Lynn Willis, LEAD Advent Resources
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. … You must ask for what you really want. ~Rumi
For a long time now, I’ve been pondering the hem, that thing or energy that connects, that thin space, that Christ substance. Curiosity, courage and often compassion urge me to be there, to be ready to touch and be touched by it.
The role of the synod office is to “support, catalyze and raise the questions,” said Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. When asked what could be done to help, he asked the pastors to pray.
May we all have the courage to live out the union of such a partnership.
Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod spoke a bit about the story of Lazarus at the rich man’s gate and then shared a story about Conchita, a woman who invited Paul to cross another chasm with her words, “It’s for you, too.”
Listen for those words of welcome, of invitation, because they’re for you, too.
Clare of Assisi spoke of “the mirror of the cross” in which she saw in the tragic death of Jesus our own human capacity for violence and, yet, our great capacity for love. Empty in itself, the mirror simply absorbs an image and returns it to the one who gives it. Discovering ourselves in the mirror of the cross can empower us to love beyond the needs of the ego or the need for self-gratification. ~Ilia Delio
It takes enormous courage to live the Christian gospel, which is so quintessentially a path of “dying before you die.” It takes tremendous courage to move forward in hope, knowing “whether I live or die, I am the Lord’s.” This courage is beyond the capacity of the ego, and a Christianity lived only ego-deep will ultimately betray itself. ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest… To live is to be willing to die over and over again.
Pilgrimage ~ “to get off the bus of life and put the soles of our feet to the soul of the world.”
~Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage
Another recent vein in my journaling has been the sacred tool of labyrinths. The labyrinths will appear again in Lent. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that they are also showing up in these pilgrimage pages.
From now until the beginning of Lent, I’ll be sharing pages created while reading Phil Cousineau’s “The Art of Pilgrimage.” This journaling is in preparation for LEAD’s Peru Pilgrimage in June 2016. More details here if you’re curious about joining this soulful journey: http://waytolead.org/portfolio-item/2016-peru-pilgrimage/.
the road we walk together… holy, common ground
My soul magnifies the LORD.
~Mary’s song of praise, Luke 1:46