Sunday, December 31, 2017

A lasting impression

Though we may choose to place ourselves
in beautiful surroundings,
it will still be our own character and personality
that leaves the more lasting impression...

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Traversing the gap

The distance from me to you isn't all that far,
and yet we view the world
from completely different perspectives.
Is the only way to traverse that gap
to learn to walk on water?

Friday, December 29, 2017

The invitation

The invitation's always there, the path that beckons you 
forward into light; the sense that something new 
is always waiting, just around the bend;
something that will help you further realize
the fullness that you bring into the world.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Awash in Gratitude

One of those moments when --
Whatever the body may be doing --
The soul is on its knees,
Awash in gratitude.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Reveling gratefully in the present

Treasure those moments -- rarely predictable --
when the present is so rich with color and light
we forget to regret the past or worry about the future
and find ourselves simply reveling gratefully in Now.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Guiding the light

Though the place where you're standing seems dark,
reach up, and cup your hands together;
you'll find the light's still there, 
just waiting for you to guide it home...

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Advent: Sunday, Week 4

Today's Readings:
2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16
Luke 1: 46b-55
Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26
Romans 16: 25-27
Luke 1: 26-38

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Advent: Saturday, Week3

Today's Readings:
Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26
Judges 13:2-24
John 7: 40-52

Friday, December 22, 2017

Advent: Friday, Week 3

Today's Readings:
Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26
2 Samuel 6: 12-19
Hebrews 1: 5-14

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Advent: Thursday, Week 3

Today's Readings:
Psalm 89: 1-4, 19-26
2 Samuel 6: 1-11
Hebrews 1: 1-4

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Advent: Wednesday, Week 3

Today's Readings:
Psalm 125
Malachi 3:16-4:6
Mark 9: 9-13

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Advent: Tuesday, Week 3

Today's Readings:
Psalm 125
2 Kings 2:9-22
Acts 3:17 - 4:4

Monday, December 18, 2017

Advent: Monday, Week 3

Today's Readings:
Psalm 125
1Kings 18: 1-18
Ephesians 6:10-17

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Advent: Sunday, Week 3

Today's Readings:
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
Luke 1 46b-55
1Thessalonians 5:16-24

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Advent: Saturday, Week 2

Today's Readings:
Psalm 126
Matthew 21: 28-32

Friday, December 15, 2017

Advent: Friday, Week 2

Today's Readings:
Psalm 126
Habakkuk 3:2-6
Philippians 3: 12-16

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Advent: Thursday, Week 2

Today's Readings:
Psalm 126
Habakkuk 2:1-5
Philippians 3: 7-11

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Advent: Wednesday, Week 2

Today's Readings:
Psalm 27
Malachi 2:10 - 3:1
Luke 1:5-17

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Advent: Tuesday, Week 2

Today's Readings:
Psalm 27
Isaiah 4: 2-6
Acts 11: 1-18

Monday, December 11, 2017

Advent: Monday, Week 2

Today's readings:
Psalm 27
Isaiah 26:7-15
Acts 2:37-42

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Advent: Sunday, Week 2

Today's Readings:
Isaiah 40: 1-11
Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13
2Peter 3: 8-15a
Mark 1: 1-8

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Advent: Saturday, Week 1

Today's Readings:
Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13
Ezekiel 36: 24-28
Mark 11:27-33

Friday, December 8, 2017

Advent: Friday, Week 1

Today's Readings:
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
Jeremiah 1: 4-10
Acts 11: 19-26

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Advent: Thursday, Week 1

Today's Readings:
Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13
Hosea 6: 1-6
1 Thessalonians 1: 2-10

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Advent: Wednesday, Week 1

Advent readings for today:

Psalm 79
Micah 5: 1-5a
Luke 21:34-38

I've felt for some time now that my morning meditations had an emptiness to them. I assumed it had to do with the relentless busyness of my new role -- managing a community podcasting station is a very time-consuming activity.

... and then I thought, well -- maybe it's my reading material (I always read before I meditate); maybe I needed something new and different to read. So I thought I'd try something I hadn't tackled before: Ram Dass's Be Here Now, and I ordered a copy -- which arrived yesterday.

It wasn't at all what I expected, so I'm not sure I ordered the right book. But what I see as I flip through is the same sort of messages everything else I've been reading has been giving me, so I have this sort of been there done that response; it's not meeting my needs.

So then I thought -- I've been away from my faith a long time. Not that I've lost it, I've just been so careful in this blog not to inflict my Christian leanings on anyone; not to mention words like Jesus and God. But have I been depriving myself in the process? Because faith for me was always very rewarding, full of juice and relevance.

And at that point I remembered that ten years ago, when I first started this blog, I did a series of Advent meditations. Maybe I needed to take some time off and just re-publish those. So I went back and looked at them, and then I realized that we are in a different lectionary year. The official readings for most mainline churches are broken out into 3 years -- A, B, and C -- so that over the course of a three year cycle we basically get exposed to the entire Bible. The readings I used for the meditations in 2008 (the year I prepared these) were for year C, but now we're in year B. What to do, what to do...

So I've decided I will use the same images, but update the words to the readings of year B. It works for today, at least, so perhaps it will work for the rest of Advent as well? We'll see. At any rate, I invite me to join me on a faithful walk through Advent. And if Bible readings are not your cup of tea -- well, then, come visit after Christmas, when I'll be back on the old spirituality-not-religion path again.  Farewell for now: I wish you a joy-filled Advent, rich with compassion and generosity, and the merriest of Christmases. -- Diane

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Advent: Tuesday, Week 1

Today's Readings:
Psalm 79      Micah 4:6-13
Revelation 18: 1-10

Dressing for the season

At one with nature, we ready ourselves
for the season, dressing our surroundings
in the red, white and green of holiday cheer...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Advent: Monday, Week 1

Today's Readings:
 Psalm 79     Micah 4:1-5
Revelation 15: 1-8

The space you're in

Whatever it is you're waiting for
may be a long time coming.
I hope you'll spend that time appreciating
the space you're in right now.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Changing roles and opportunities

It can be hard to accept at times that at different points in our lives
our roles and opportunities may vary widely;
that there are periods when we're meant to be on the move,
and others where true wisdom lies
in staying put and enjoying the community we've built.

Advent: Sunday, Week 1

Today's Readings:
Isaiah 64: 1-9         Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9       Mark 13: 24-37

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pleasures of the present

We spend so much time worrying,
Hoping to protect ourselves 
against an uncertain future...
What if, instead, we spent that time
Reveling in the pleasures of the present?

Friday, December 1, 2017

A private complaint

Sometimes, when life is really making you crazy,
it's good to go someplace private
and just squawk it out of your system...

(Note: in the worst days of my first marriage, 
I used to go out and sit in my car and scream)