First Candle of Advent: Hope

A candle overtakes the dark It’s gentle light to spark Trust in the promise Of strength as we cope. The purple flame, The Candle of Hope —– G Hill Hope is a waking dream. –—Aristotle You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. ––…

Mindfulness: Quiet Knowings

Yesterday’s post was about anticipation. Today’s is about maintaining mindfulness as our calendars begin to bulge. The season of busy-busy-busy is fast approaching. Mindfulness on the Go Mindfulness is that inner space where you can go anytime, anywhere. It is a space that reclaims your “quiet knowings”. ——G. Hill Within you, there is a stillness…

Anticipation: The Dawning of the Advent Season

The little girl in me likes to turn a cupcake around and around in my hands, savoring the moments before that first sweet bite comes into view. “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was…

Revisited: A Perpetual Thanksgiving

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. ——-Henry David Thoreau This is an excerpt from November 2020, when we celebrated away from the familiar family tables, as did those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving. First Moments. (From November 2020) I wonder about the first moments of gratitude that gave…

Over the River . . . And Through the Woods . . .

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.” Well, our grandmother’s house was only across the street. Still, we’d sing this song and imagine ourselves on a Thanksgiving journey across the miles. Your sleigh awaits. Climb in with me, tucked in with blankets of warm Thanksgiving memories from yesteryear. I thought…

Legacy: What Lies Within

Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people. —Peter Strople What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. —-Henry David Thoreau Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God…

Thankful for the Plenty

To my readers: If you have been following my posts, you will have seen this a few times. It is worth another look: Abundance is in the seeing, not the gathering. (And the older we get, the more we can see, the more abundant our lives.) —-Gloria Olaf in Frozen II sings, “Things Will All…

Recovering Center

When Weariness Sets In . . . Restoration is found . . .Recalibrated, Rebalanced . . . Spirit Rebounds Weary But Not Broken My weary heart Out of sorts Tried and tired. And cross-wired. So laden and worn, Spent and adrift, Fallen thro’ cracks Something’s amiss. The Holy Spirit is just as truly in us…

Assurance: Quiet Light

Assurance is the fruit that grows out of the rock of faith. ——Stephen Charnock Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. —–Anne Lamott Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it…

Looking Back: Week Six and Beyond

The year of quarantine: 2020 vision in hindsight. Of the three posts, Week Eight on Capacity is my favorite. Even when stretched, we have the capacity to feel and to care, more than we know and always one more time. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up…