Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Care for the weak

It’s good to be reminded 
That such innocence exists; 
Good to be taking time to care 
For the small, the weak; 
The vulnerable and frightened...

Monday, November 30, 2020

The sun is on the rise

Planning to write about the times 
When thoughts and hopes once lost in fog 
Can suddenly appear, 
I happened to look up and see the moon, 
Just there in front of me, despite the rain. 
I took a shot, and now I see 
It’s sunk back into clouds, as if to say 
“Keep watch, my friends, keep watch: 
Though the times are gray there is still hope. 
Keep watch, and know: 
Though the moon is setting, the sun is on the rise.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Grace in perseverance

I know. 
There are days when prayer and meditation 
Feel empty; like a mailbox that’s been waiting 
For a letter to arrive, but don’t give up; 
You wouldn’t take the mailbox down — 
Keep coming back, keep checking in: 
Don’t be afraid to sit or kneel, but trust — 
There is a blessing in the silence 
And a grace in perseverance.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Each gift has its shadow

When we come to accept that we are imperfect; 
That each of us has extraordinary gifts, 
And that each of those gifts comes
With its own unique shadow; 
Then and only then will we able 
To serve the world to the best of our capacity.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Time to go outside

May you find a way today 
To explore, appreciate, and be nourished by 
The silent divinity of wild spaces...

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thankfulness in a time of loss

It’s hard to feel awash in gratitude 
When the house is empty, table’s bare, 
And chairs that once held family and friends 
Sit empty, harsh reminders of the losses, 
Seen and unseen, of this year. 
Yet still we raise a song of thanks, 
And pray that in the year to come 
We will make wiser choices,
Break through the misperceptions that divide us, 
And find our way back home 
To shared compassion and respect.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Breathe in the light

The future stretching before us 
May be dark and full of clouds, 
But there, in the distance, will be light. 
Breathe that flame into your heart, 
And trust that it will serve 
As fuel for the journey that lies before us.