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Reflection Word: Sabbath

 

new leaf

could be a day out in Nature to refresh and renew, enjoying the great cathedral of the outdoors

could be as short as one refreshing breath

could be time in church, meditation, prayer

could be a walk with no destination in mind,  just savoring each breath, tree and flower, taking the time

I found some new leaves nestled in a pink “nest” to savor

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Poor in Spirit

 

winter longing for the Light
so concentrated
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.”

—Matthew 5:1-3

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He Leads Me in Paths of Righteousness

 

Reminding me of Psalm 23, that He leads me in paths of righteousness, yet even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for God is with me.

 

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Vigilant Listening, So Still

 

““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”




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God-Colored Glasses

 

“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….




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Humility

 

“It is God’s power that carries us through every moment. If we are aware of this, we will spontaneously be humble, our attitude towards the Almighty will be transformed into an attitude of worship, our focus on Him will blossom with our every step and we will be successful in our efforts.”

—Amma, “Awaken Children”

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Prayers for Peace

 

 

 

This was a video taken on New Year’s Eve a few years ago. Halved lemons were scooped and replaced with oil and a wick. We placed the lit oil lamps into the pond with prayers for peace and happiness.

 

“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines in our heart.”

– Upanishads

 

“We can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord.”

—2 Corinthians 3:18, The Living Bible

 

“Swift As A Star Flicker

Prayer, it does ascend
Up from the mind into the air
Through the highest cumulus
In an orange dusky sky

And higher still, like a tailed comet
Out of earth’s realm of spiraling starlights
And into the black of space,
And higher still

Past a rare jeweled galaxy
With stars like sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds
Where a nebulous cloud, a violet mountain births
Explodes new stars forth

A factory place, a sandcastle of space
And higher still,
To the top of the highest universe-
That second sky

Swift as a star flicker
To God’s ear
An ear pressed close to the keyhole
Of that other Kingdom’s door

An ear so fine
That it can hear
Unspoken prayer clear
As a trumpet’s mighty blare

And God’s spirit reaches forth
Heaven descends
To companion the soul
That prays.”

—Zellie M. Quinn

 

 




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