Renewal of Creation
Renewal of Life
Renewal of Sight
Renewal of Hope
Renewal of Spirit
A friend recently described one of the images above as a “visual mantra” … a partnering of words that was very pleasing to my soul.
Inspired by prayers written by Rev. Melissa Johnson Bills for the Tenth Triennial Gathering of the Women of the ELCA, it’s my hope that working on the images is preparing me for the “All Anew” theme of the Gathering.
It happens frequently at the Grunewald Guild that we have folks stop by who once were part of the Guild in some way. Often they have friends or family along who look at the place with puzzled curiosity. I’ve been wondering… what is it that calls people back? It seems bigger than nostalgia.
That’s what I was pondering and journaling when I realized that the page was an unusually close reflection of the breakfast table at which I was sitting, a lovely table set for Jim and me by a dear friend.
From Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation: “It was good, it was good . . . it was very good.” ~Genesis 1:10-31 “What cosmic hope and direction we were offered!”
“The poet sits, or if it is a fluid moment, he scribbles some words upon the page. … An unsolvable disharmony of such work–the mind so hotly fired and the body so long quiescent–will come sooner or later to revolution, will demand action!” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream
“edge” ~ a word and concept found often in Mary Oliver’s Upstream
Cynthia Bourgeault’s “vessel for the Trinitarian creativity” brings to mind St. Francis’s “instrument of your peace.”
“In water that departs forever and forever returns, we experience eternity.” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream
“The work is on the wall; the art is in the process.” ~Guild Co-Founder Rich Caemmerer
Just to note that my left brain knows there’s no apostrophe in “holds.” 🙂
Pondering the anticipation in the Creative Source that invites and awaits our participation in a song never sung before
“[C]reative work requires a loyalty as complete as the loyalty of water to the force of gravity.” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream
“God created things that create themselves in ever-new life forms.” ~Richard Rohr