Thursday, November 27, 2014

Of prayer, and Thanksgiving

We set a table, here within our hearts,
inviting those we love, 
and those we know who need our prayers
and offer up our thanks
for all the grace that fills our lives
and lay before your feet
the hungers of the world, not just our own,
and bow our heads in sadness
for the losses we and others have sustained,
and for the opportunities to help that we've ignored,
then drink again your ever-present wine:
the wine of grace, of forgiveness, and love.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Different Strokes

I was finally able to get back into my studio yesterday, but I'm a little surprised at the results -- this one's quite a departure for me, both in design and technique.  It's always interesting to see how time away from our usual practices -- whatever they might be -- can propel us into new territory.

I'll be curious to see if any of this style carries over into future work, or if this is just some momentary aberration.  I do like, though, this familiar sense that it's an abstract painting that suggests something more concrete...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Precious in the vast expanse

We get caught up in the drama of our lives
and forget, sometimes, how small a speck we are
against the vast expanse of interstellar space,
and even more, forget how precious 
every other speck might also be...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Not a stone or flower

O traveler, traveler along the way,
there is not a single soul who lacks a pathway to God.
There is not a stone or a flower—
not a single piece of straw lacking the divine essence.
In every particle of the world the sun of love
causes the heart of each atom to shine.

—Muhammad Shirin Maghribi
from Recitations, translated by Lynn Bauman

Sunday, November 23, 2014

How we change

Something there is in us that seeks to consume;
that closes itself off in a cocoon of isolation --
until some stroke of compassion -- or perhaps it's grace --
awakens the joy within, and we take flight...

(from a Rumi poem, published this morning on my Contemplative Icons page)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Through another lens

Though the red and gold are true,
my camera turned these damp dark shadows into blue,
reminding us that what looks black from one perspective
may have a vital color of its own 
when viewed  through another lens...

Friday, November 21, 2014

The path to forgiveness

The path to forgiveness
is rarely obvious or easy;
there will be many obstacles
in the way.
But few acts are more heroic,
or speak more clearly
to the freedom of choice
that makes us fully human,
than to break the cycle
of instinctive retaliation,
to drop the awful burden
of hate and animosity;
to step over the past grievances
that haunt us and divide us
and into the promise
of mercy and grace.