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 Meditations: “No matter the outcome of political machinations and the strivings of empire, there is a quiet stream of loving resistance that values the true riches of the Kingdom of God–the poor, the vulnerable, the oppressed, the marginalized. It is the way that leads to Life.” ~Ellen Haroutunian, https://cac.org/helen-haroutunian-2017-02-28/
“Receptive, flowing people are the ones who change the world and transform history. Their possibilities are limitless, because they do not let any seeming barriers stop their path; in fact they well up from within until they can surmount any obstacle. ‘Be like water’ is a good piece of advice. ~Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation
“For as the heavens reach beyond earth and time, we swim in mercy as in an endless sea.” ~Psalm 103:11
“Beyond earth and time” ~ how can we even begin to imagine what that means?
“People will sit under their own vines and fig trees with no one to make them afraid.” -Micah 4:4 (The Inclusive Bible)
The Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr called this “audacious faith.”
It’s likely that I won’t express this well… it’s sort of a question with which I’ve been living for quite some time now – the mystery of how our very lives depend on duality to function, with categorization to discern… and then along comes a verse like this, and there is an ever-so-brief moment of epiphany, which dissipates as soon as I start trying to lasso it in. So, i let it go.
“By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.” ~Hebrews 11:3 (MSG)
Only in the mirror of one another can we see who we really are. ~Kayla McClurg
This week I am sharing journaling images that were part of last year’s Journaling through Advent experience, images that were created and never shared. I’m in the process of gathering another group this year. Might you be interested in joining me? Check it out here: http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upcoming/journaling-through-advent.
Faith, Hope and Love welcome what is.
I follow the work of an artist named Abbey Ryan. She said something once about her meditative painting that so inspired me. She said that her daily practice of painting granted her the gift of being a beginner every day.