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.
Through the body of Christ, “hope circulates as a lifeblood. It warms, it fills, it connects, it directs.” ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope
“When we are in our true way of being–that is, attuned to the homing beacon of our innermost ground…–hope is the current that flows through, carrying us toward the future. ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope
“Hope fills us with the strength to stay present, to abide in the flow of the Mercy no matter what storms assail us. It is entered always and only through surrender; that is, through the willingness to let go of everything we are presently clinging to. And yet when we enter it, it enters us and fills us with its own life–a quiet strength beyond anything we have ever known.” ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope
Notes from Pastor Barbara Rossing’s message today at Faith Lutheran in Leavenworth —
Still working my way through sharing the pages created during Advent, although my heart this morning is holding vigil for the Holy Innocents.
The second photo is our labyrinth before re-blazing it last night. There is no filter on the photo, just nature’s twilight.
We want you to be real to us. ~part of the Confession from LEAD’s Advent Meditations on Hope
In case anyone is interested in the resources, they continue to be available here: http://waytolead.org/portfolio-item/advent-resources-2016/.
Lord, we pray for all those who are out of hope. Those with illnesses, no work, no place to live, and entire communities crying out for justice. Bring us together so that your hope flows within and through us. ~Lynn Willis
This is the second page of notes from Sunday’s worship at Faith Lutheran in Leavenworth. I’m always grateful when it’s a two-page worship experience!
Hovering Spirit lavishing glimpses of wholeness, how is it that some words etch a connective memory so deeply?
-notes from Kayla McClurg’s “Waiting for the Light” devotional
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.