Light in all it’s incarnations fascinates me. Whether the light is a lighthouse, fire, sunrise, it has a significance and attraction of its own. Light is both an objective material manifestation which can be measured and recorded and a subjective representation of knowledge or spiritual enlightenment. This blog site will explore my many musings… usually of light. Prepare to see a lot of sunrises.
Allie Pleiter, a prolific romance writer, is also a magnificent speaker who conceived the idea of The Chunky Method following her son’s tragic illness. Since then, she has gone on to expand her method from writers, to anyone who needs a method for habitual creative productivity.
Our differences make the whole beautiful. An artist selects stone of the best color, shape and size for the purpose of the whole. It is more than a puzzle where each piece is predetermined. It is a matter of selection. The Church is the same as a mosaic. It is only in the beautiful combination of different talents and spiritual gifts that the whole functions as a work of art that speaks to heart and soul.
Do you suffer from SADs, Seasonal Affective Disorder? I do. It’s terrible. During light depravation, such as weeks of fog and cloud cover, I find it very difficult to rise above the black tide of depression that threatens to overwhelm. But then the sun shines, and suddenly all is well with the world again. In times of darkness let’s keep praying and striving to remember who the real light is. God’s light follows darkness.
How are your resolutions going? Did you even make any resolutions? Hebrews 12:1 tells us to “run with perseverance, the race that is set before us.” It isn’t necessarily what we do, it’s that we feel called to do it and that we persevere toward it, that matters. God will use whatever resolution we are called toward as a tool for good.
We sing The Twelve Days of Christmas and laugh as we confuse our ladies dancing with our maids-a-milking but do
Traditions endure as heart-connections between and amongst the generations. Yet, there is also room for making new ones, especially in times where change is called for. For us, the restrictions imposed by COVID have enriched our lives, making us more aware of our blessings and encouraging us to adapt in ways that have strengthened our relationships.
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.” Isaiah 40:4 Kelly Kruse’s painting opens a way for meditation.
We are each called to be a lighthouse. Stand still. Shine in the darkness, a beacon to all in turmoil. We each need to find the Light of Faith and Hope within. How do you discover the light within yourself? What helps you to reset your hope and joy?
Do your prayers often consist of asking God for help or venting your needs and concerns? The book Joyful Journey: Listening to Immanuel, by E. James Wilder et al, offers a way of harmonious LISTENING prayer rather than TALKING prayer.
Are you finding it hard to focus on someone or something other than your immediate self and family during Covid? During a discussion with my Thursday Ladies’ Prayer Group — on Zoom of course — it occurred to me that isolation, community and prayer all lead to different outlooks.