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.
deep prayer + compassionate action
“Prayer, ‘piercing prayer’–as Julian of Norwich called it–affects something mightily. It pierces to the heart of God, like a strong electric current coursing through the Mercy, subtly rearranging and vivifying everything.” ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope
“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.
“Wilderness has answers to questions we have not yet begun to ask.” ~Nancy Newhall
Come, Indwelling Light
Love revealed in ripples pulsed
Your lifelines of grace
Lord, you know us. You know we often confuse the joy we find in a feast with family and friends, a cheerfully trimmed tree, or even in the carols sung at church with the joy the angels sing about. Help us to focus on the things that bring YOU joy–justice for the oppressed, courage for the fearful, welcome for the excluded, comfort for the grieving, companionship for the lonely.
~Lynn Willis, LEAD Advent Resources
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/.