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.
“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.”
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.
“Life has a cruciform pattern.” ~Richard Rohr
“the very gate of heaven” ~ where Love bids welcome to the further journey
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.
Psalm 72:3-8 (The Message)
Let the mountains give exuberant witness;
shape the hills with the contours of right living.
Please stand up for the poor,
help the children of the needy,
come down hard on the cruel tyrants.
Outlast the sun, outlive the moon—
age after age after age.
Be rainfall on cut grass,
earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom
and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.
Rule from sea to sea,
from the River to the Rim.
Peace calls us to a slower pace, a softer touch. ~Kayla McClurg
Over the next week I plan to share 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.
Ambassadors of Reconciliation
Porque Cristo es nuestra paz: de los dos pueblos ha hecho uno solo. ~Efesios 2:14
For Christ is our peace; he has made both groups into one. ~Ephesians 2:14
This image was created for the International Consultation of Lutheran Church Leadership in the Americas. The event, I believe, will be happening later this week.