“Do you think there is anything not attached by its unbreakable cord to everything else?” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream
A new online journaling course for Lent has opened for registration – http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upcoming/journaling-upstream. I’m hoping to find some companions wanting to dwell in Mary Oliver’s words, hang out a bit online, and create some art with me.
In my online journaling groups, I share about the idea of looking in new ways at ink bleed-through, a way to engage in creative conversation. (If you tilt your head left on the first image, you can see the shepherd image in the second one.)
Information about the next journaling session can be found here: http://www.grunewaldguild.com/upcoming/journaling-mystical-hope.
God, we give thanks for all the peacemakers, for those who study peace, and for those who bring justice and grace together at the table. … God, we wish to live in peace with your creation. … And Lord, we pray for ourselves and our families this season that we may pause to focus on what it would look like, and feel like, and sound like to really work at being peacemakers at home.
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
Our DNA is grounded in the life of God. ~Richard Rohr
The ‘Journaling through Advent’ group has begun, and I am so grateful to have some partners in creativity during this season!
Can you believe a HUGE mushroom inspired this image?
I ran one afternoon during free time at the Theological Conference. At the end of the Chippewa Trail at the Green Lake Retreat Center, were tucked the hugest mushrooms I’ve ever seen, bigger than bowling balls. I shared the delight of their discovery during the centering reflection time with the pastors. That night a dream revealed what Pastor Sarah described as a “vulnerability hangover.” I might have just let it be, however, the first image I saw the next morning in my Instagram feed was a sketch of a mushroom. So, out of respect for the mushroom, I journaled an image and shared its story again.
Those things that inspire us, that somehow raise Holy Goose bumps from within us… that stuff is meant for us… it beckons us, giving us direction for our path.