“I BELIEVE.  I BELIEVE.”

“I BELIEVE. I BELIEVE.”

Thinking about last night’s election results from the Land of Cotton
reminded me of the children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.”

The little train engine was at the bottom of a big hill
and doubted he could climb to the top.

But as he kept repeating the words “I think I can.  I think I can,”
he slowly inched up the hill.
He slowly began to believe
… and reached his goal! 

Believing in ourselves
doesn’t necessarily happen all at once.

It often happens
… step by step
… inch by inch
… moment by moment
… day by day.

And before we know it
we reach our goal.

After last night’s election result
maybe it’s time to believe.

Believe in a future
… with possibilities
… with leaders of integrity
… of hope.

Maybe it’s time to take a cue from Tinker Bell
“I believe!
I believe!”

 

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“IS SANTA REAL?”

“IS SANTA REAL?”

“Is Santa real?”
“Does Santa exist?
“Is there really a Santa Claus?”

How many times has a child asked such questions?
Countless!

Santa is
each
of
us.

When we are able to
… encourage
… affirm
… accept
… love others

When we are able to
… identify with the marginalized
… care for the animals and this planet earth
… support the oppressed
… advocate for justice and human rights
… acknowledge that ‘they’ are ‘us’

That’s when our inner Santa emerges
giving hope and joy to others.

Isn’t that what Santa is about?|

If “yes”
then
Santa is real.
Santa exists.
There really is a Santa.

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“DEEP PEACE” – Advent 2

“DEEP PEACE” – Advent 2

In many parts of the world,
the theme for the Second Week of Advent
which this year begins tomorrow
is PEACE.

How timely!
Especially given the lack-of-peace around the world.

Peace is but a single word
but when echoed by many
it can become a rallying cry
for harmony in this world.

Mindful of the unrest in our world
‘peace’ is something we all want.

We want peace in the world
– in our families
– in our communities and churches and governments.

We want peace in our hearts.

On this eve of the Second Sunday in the Season of Advent
where the focus is on ‘peace,’
may each of us be a reflection a beacon of peace.

May peace
… deep peace
enter our world in gentle ways
… softening hearts
… transforming minds
… touching souls
and bringing
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Peace, my friends.
May deep peace
be yours
and m
ay the theme for the Second Sunday of Advent
p e a c e
bless our world.

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“IT IS MYSTERY.  IT IS GIFT”

“IT IS MYSTERY. IT IS GIFT”

She appeared out of nowhere.
I didn’t intend to create her.

The doodled angel
emerged for me
unplanned, unexpected.
It was a mystery.
It was a gift.

As I thought about
and prayed for friends going through a difficult time
and about the fear and grief and anger felt by so many,
I doodled on a scrap of cardstock
and then, unexpectedly,
she appeared.

I was in awe of her appearance
not just because she appeared
but because she seemed to be a reminder
and reassurance of the presence of God,
 Holy One, Creator.

Perhaps not seen or felt or even believed in,
the presence of the Creator or something (SomeOne)
gives strength to move through a difficult time.

Some how
some way
whether seen
whether known
whether believed in
… or not
the Presence will emerge.

It is a mystery.
Mystery.

It is a gift.
Gift.

 

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“IS HOPE EVER OVER? – Advent 1”

“IS HOPE EVER OVER? – Advent 1”

Is hope ever ‘over’?

The theme for the First Sunday of Advent is ‘hope’.
As I write this, the First Sunday of Advent is almost over.
Can that mean that ‘hope’ is almost over?

 

With the turmoil on the news
and the turmoil in people’s minds and hearts,
can there really be hope in a future
… in a tomorrow?

 

The words of “Song of Promise” by Natalie Sleath
(also known as “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”)
spoke to me when my husband Hans died last year.
Those who gathered at his Celebration of Life
sang it at his Service and found comfort in them.

 

The words spoke to me
when I watched the news about the passing of the Tax Bill in the U.S. Senate.

The words continue to speak to me
as I hear growing concern of a possible war between the U.S. and North Korea.

 

And those words
(shared below and in the linked video)
speak to me of the hope that comes
with the Season of Advent.

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In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise, butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter, there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future, what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.
<Natalie Sleath>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpqHE84LAAw
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May there never be loss of a sense of hope.

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“THE WONDER OF IT ALL”

“THE WONDER OF IT ALL”

This time of the year
in many parts of the world
evening skies don’t reveal gorgeous sunsets
birds are seldom seen flying overhead dotting the horizon.
There’s really nothing spectacular in the sky.

And maybe
maybe …
that’s the wonder of it all.

The slight colour differences in the sky
… peering through the almost-barren-trees
in this photo I took from the back yard bring
a sense of tranquility
a feeling of calm
a gentle presence of the Holy
especially in these more-than-politically-trying-times
and are reminders of the themes of the four weeks of Advent:
Hope. Love. Joy. Peace.

I am making an intentional choice
… focus, focus, focus on those themes.

Not ignore the realities, implications or consequences
of the more-than-politically-trying-times and personal concerns
but choose to focus on that which can
encourage, nourish, enrich
body, mind and spirit.

Whether waiting for Christmas
… and the Son to be born anew at Christmas
or waiting for Winter Solstice
… and the Sun to be born anew,
may the next coming four weeks of Advent bring blessings of
hope
love
joy
peace
to this world, relationships and personal lives
in ways that can’t even begin to be asked or imagined.

I choose to focus on
the wonder of the message of the skies
the wonder of the possibilities
… albeit seemingly remote.
I choose to focus on
“The Wonder Of It All.”

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