winter longing for the Light
it became so poor, empty of self
that the winter roots sprouted wings
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
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““When you pray,” it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, “you yourself must be silent…You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.” To achieve silence: this is of all things the hardest and the most decisive in the art of prayer. Silence is not merely negative—a pause between words, a temporary cessation of speech—but, properly understood, it is highly positive: an attitude of attentive alertness, of vigilance, and above all of listening. The hesychast, the man who has attained hesychia, inward stillness or silence, is par excellence the one who listens. He listens to the voice of prayer in his own heart, and he understands that this voice is not his own but that of Another speaking within him.”
—Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, “The Power of the Name: The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” are familiar words of Jesus’ Beatitudes. In an illumined state you see God. This does not mean you see “the man in the skies.” But you see from the consciousness of God. You see with “God-colored glasses.” Your seeing projects the light of Spirit. At the start of every day the wise student will take a few moments to become established in the light, hold this realization: “And God said, ‘Let there be Light.’”—Eric Butterworth, “The Creative Life”
The smoke tree leaves look like ornaments colored by the spiderweb glistening in the sun….
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
He refreshes my soul.”
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The space between Christmas and Epiphany is a special time. One year I attended almost nightly gatherings honoring Holy Nights at a Waldorf School. This is one song we sung:
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Let there be peace on earth. May we all move towards the One in whatever paths we are on, leading up the same mountain!
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“Just as a star led the Magi to the Christ Child, so we are meant to be stars leading others to the Divine Love. Others are also stars for us, leading us to Divine Love. In each of us, the manifestation of Divine Love is a magnificent gift of hope and encouragement.”
—Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr from The Circle of Life, Ave Maria Press
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One day, I noticed a nativity scene made by Mother Nature in the bark of a Chinese Pepper tree. I saw 3 kings on the right bending over the Christ child, with cherubic angelic faces above, and more angels on the ground peeking over the manger.
“Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,Westward leading, still proceeding,
Lead us to thy Holy Light”
from the Christmas Carol “We Three Kings”
Son in our hearts
Dispel the darkness.