“I’M POSSIBLE”

“I’M POSSIBLE”

We’ve
… said it.
We’ve heard others
… say it.
When faced with something
… unbelievable
… beyond difficult
… not scientifically feasible
or just when we are frustrated
the phrase
“It’s impossible!”
emerges.

Sometimes
it is impossible –
… human beings can’t fly unassisted by technology
… birds can’t speak English
… dinosaurs don’t roam the earth today

But then again
sometimes
phrases like
… “I can’t.”  
… “It’s impossible.”
are not true.
Some things really are possible!

If we need evidence of possibilities
… we only need to look to Mother Nature.

A few weeks ago
I noticed these daffodils
… protruding from a steep hill
… on rocks
… in early March
… in below-zero evening temperature
… in bloom!

If it were possible for the daffodils
to bloom on those rocks
… with all that seemed to make it impossible to do
surely it is possible for me
to bloom in the situations I now face.

The words of my dear husband
… lovingly spoken just a few hours before he died
“Remember, you’re stronger than you think you are”
echo within me
when difficult situations present themselves.

Sometimes, all that’s needed
is to realize
that the word
‘impossible’
says
“I’m possible!”

 

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“ALL WHO DWELL HERE”

“ALL WHO DWELL HERE”

When I first walked in front of the tree
… I kept on walking.
Then I turned back.
I wanted to see if what I thought I saw,

And
I really did see it!
Just to be certain
… I took this photo.

And there it was
… a face within
not carved by human design,
but carved by Mother Nature
complete with hair (albeit green)!

A smile began to form on my face
and I could feel it!

In a new way
I became aware
of the connectedness of all Creation
and once again, realized that
to ignore our forests and waterways
is to ignore the precious gift of life
and the fragility of this planet Earth.

May All-Who-Dwell-Here
… treat it with gentleness and loving respect.
May All-Who-Dwell-Here
… be guided by need rather than greed.
May All-Who-Dwell-Here
remember generations who follow
will need
… fresh water to drink
… healthy sea life to eat
… growth in forests to heat and breathe.

Thank you, Face in a Tree
for your reminder that just as we need you
… to survive
you need us
… to survive.

May the sanctity of the Created Order
be treated with civility and common sense
by All-Who-Dwell-Here.
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“GARDEN CHURCH”

“GARDEN CHURCH”

Garden Church?

 

If church is a place for worship
and worship is
an expression of reverence and thanksgiving
then surely a garden
… flowers and bees
… and colour and birds
… and fruit and grass
… and trees and bushes
… and yes even bugs and weeds
can be a place of worship.

 

Yes,
… Church.

 

Garden Church can
… nurture a sense of deep gratitude
… nourish the soul

 

Garden Church can be
… a gentle reminder of the gift of creation
… and the miracle of birth – growth – life.

 

Garden Church is
… sacred
… holy
and an opportunity for
… meditation and prayer
… reflection and worship
… praise and healing
… thanksgiving and intercession
spiritual growth.

 

Garden Church
… open and available
for worship
… every day.

 

Blessing
… what a blessing.

 

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“THIS NIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT”

“THIS NIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT”

This night and every night
… may we be blessed.

May we be blessed with a long and healing night of sleep
… a release from pain.
… a peace that passes understanding.

May we be blessed by Grace
that surrounds, undergirds and infills us
and when we awaken
may we be mindful of Love that envelopes us
casting out fear of the unknown.

This night and every night
may we be blessed.

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“SPRING IS HERE – ALMOST”

“SPRING IS HERE – ALMOST”

Welcome Vernal Equinox
… aka Spring!

Well, you’re almost here
with your
… blossoming flowers and shrubs and plants and trees
… chirping birds
… happy sounds of children at play outdoors
… sunshine
… warmth

Ahhhhh, yes!
… to it all!!!
and may it not be a month before
this official beginning day of spring
and when the frost and snow and overcast skies depart
bringing spring
… really!

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 Photo & Text © June Maffin
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www.facebook.com/groups/soulistry(photo taken in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island
in British Columbia, Canada)

 

 

“DOING WHAT WE CAN”

“DOING WHAT WE CAN”

When I took this photo this past Fall
I was reminded of a lovely Celtic prayer
… based on the Caim
the ‘enfolding prayer’.

On this, the eve of hearings which begin tomorrow
on the incumbent U.S. President’s appointment to SCOTUS
I remembered them both.

May we do what we can to keep
.. bitterness out
… greed out
… self-seeking out
… darkness out.

So that
… joy
… generosity
… love
… light
may be kept within.

Encircle us this night
… and the nights to come,
Creator of all,
with love, peace, and hope.

 

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The Caim (the enfolding prayer) is a form of prayer
used by early Celtic Christians
and is based on a Prayer found
in the Gethsemane Chapel, Wells Cathedral, Wells, England.

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