I am so grateful for this community. Just reading what you all have shared has encouraged my spirit. I too have been missing Charla as I read…her posts never fail to make me smile. Sending grateful thoughts out to you Charla and hoping that you feel the love from everyone here.
~Have a blessed day lovely people
Dear Aine…well once again we are kindred spirits! I have shared that quote from Julian of Norwich many times with different friends and family members. It was even hanging on my refrigerator for awhile when I needed that daily reminder. One of my favorites for sure!
And thank you for the absolutely gorgeous picture from Ansel Adams…my hands-down favorite photographer. I’m sure you know this…..his photographs are mostly from the national parks out west, particularly Yosemite, which we actually visited several years ago….breathtaking.
Hoping you are having a “glorious” day Aine
Aine: The book’s author is J. Philip Newell…you may recognize him? He has written several books on Celtic spirituality. It’s a beautiful book..and yes…I am enamored with the Celtic tradition of prayer for everything! There are some of those “milking the cows” and “laying the fire” prayers in this book.
I haven’t read the book you mentioned but am intrigued by it….I just looked it up on Amazon. Having been bedridden myself with chronic illness (we share that “glory in the grey”) and a retired life-science teacher I think I will put it on my book bucket list!
Thank you Aine~
Good morning Mary….no need to apologize! I always appreciate your encouragement offered in kindness. And sometimes I do need a bullhorn…haha.
I like the idea of reminding each other that we need to take care of ourselves. All of us here are on this journey together…I am so grateful for that as this is the only community I have right now and I am always in my life needing that connection. Like you and Ursula said…”sisters in spirit”.
~Have a blessed day Mary
Good morning dj
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Thank you for your kind words and affirmations Mary. I am working on silencing those self-critical voices. And I have been brought to a place (literally and figuratively) where I can devote more time to self-care. Let’s do it for ourselves together 🙂
~Sending love back to you!
Dear Anna….yes absolutely with help from above! On days when I am feeling sad or weary or anxious…or if the weather is cloudy and dismal, I often will pray “God help me to see the glory in the grey”. I love that little prayer!
Thank you Ursula…I love that movie! My icon is a picture that I took from our backyard overlooking the farmland behind us. I am so blessed and grateful to be living here…after being born and raised in the suburbs, it is so nice to be in farm country in my 60’s!
Aine…thank you so much for sharing this wisdom. I am learning this lesson myself, albeit slowly and not without some stumbling around.
I have a book on Celtic Spirituality called “Listening for the Heartbeat of God.” I’d like to share something from the book that really speaks to me…it’s part of a poetic prayer written by a Celtic mystic named George MacLeod (1895-1991). You have helped me so often and I hope that in some small way this is an encouragement to you….an offering from me to you with love and gratitude.
In all created things you are there
In every friend we have
the sunshine of your presence is shown forth.
In every enemy that seems to cross our path,
You are there within the cloud to challenge us to love.
Show to us the glory in the grey.
It sounds to me like you already have the eyes to see “the glory in the grey” and I am so inspired by that……I will try to do the same.
That means so much to me…really. Reading back over the posts that I have missed over the last few days makes me feel so selfish for not being there for others who, like you, have lifted me up when I needed it.
Thank you for your steadfast companionship as I navigate through this part of my journey….I am so so grateful.
~ I hope you have a bright and beautiful day dear Mary
Welcome dj…this is a very special community. You will find much compassion and acceptance here.
Dear Pilgrim…we had a 60 degree day here too! (Western New Jersey). And despite me having a hard day physically, we managed a short bike ride along the Delaware River. Being on the river is like medicine for me! Afterwards we walked around the little river town and got some frozen yogurt, which helped ease my nausea somewhat.
Anyway…thank you for sharing that…..and your therapeutic crying session as well. I am a believer in the healing power of a good cry.
~Have a blessed day Pilgrim
Dearest Cintia…I almost didn’t visit here this morning. I am so very grateful that I did…your words really touched my heart and inspire me to silence the negative self-talk that is often rattling around in my head. Thank you for being so generous in sharing this with all of us.
Trevor: I have had days like this….I hope the chocolate helped. “This too shall pass” is an expression that I cling to during these times.
Sending out healing thoughts and prayers for you Trevor. Be kind to yourself.
Aine….I am not surprised that you are a Henri Nouwen fan. I call Henri my “guru” because he taught me so much and helped me to heal after a traumatic time in my life. His words comforted me and gave me hope and reminded me that God was as near as my next breath…despite how I may have felt. The first book I read of his is called “Here and Now” and it saved me. I have many of his books and participated in the book discussions at his site during Advent and Lent. Like this community, it was a place where I felt safe.
I too get his daily reflections and have shared so many of them with others. What I love about Henri is that he was so authentic and genuine and “real”. Today’s reflection really spoke to me…it brought back painful memories from my childhood. But somehow through his words, I feel less alone….he has a way of reminding me that I’m not the only one who feels a certain way or has gone through a painful time. I am always tempted to believe that I am just so “different” from everyone else in the world. Who thinks like me? Or struggles with the things I do? Or feels unloved and unlovable? Henri did!! And he became my “wounded healer”…a term I have adopted and humbly try to live out in my own life. I recognize other wounded healers when I see them and am invariably drawn to them….I think this is one of the reasons why this community is so sacred to me.
I’m rambling on, as I usually do when it comes to Henri. I wasn’t going to write today (except to wish Manda a happy birthday) but am grateful that I was able to…albeit in a disjointed kind of way. Thank you for spurring me on….I am feeling so out of sorts these days. Your analogy of the sand in the oyster is absolutely perfect to describe my own pursuit of living a peaceful grateful life. This visual that you offered, and all the responses that I read make me so very grateful that I took the time this morning to visit here. Thank you everyone!
Happy belated birthday Manda! I remember 40…it was a very good year!
My brother always called me Di-Di when we were growing up and still does to this day, even though we are both 55+. It always makes me smile 🙂
I hope your day was as special as you are Manda!
Manda….I totally agree that the “cheerleaders” feel so much bigger than just one person. Maybe they include a whole bunch of angels surrounding us and whispering in our ear that we are unconditionally loved and cherished.
I have a favorite bookmark..perhaps I’ve shared this before? It says:
“Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit. For without being seen, they are present with you.”
Aine….I love the Psalms! And you describe them perfectly…I am always touched deeply when reading them.
My youngest daughter is currently teaching in Spain and for Christmas she gave me a little book of Psalms in Spanish. I love to read them aloud…first in English and then in Spanish. The translation is so beautiful. Today I read Psalm 6…the emotion is palatable. Here’s one verse in both languages:
“The Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my prayer.”
“El Senor ha escuchado mis sollozos. El Senor ha escuchado mi suplica.”
It has been such a wonderful spiritual exercise for me to read both these translations…and it connects me to my daughter in such a special way.
It’s so nice to share this with you Aine.
Good morning Mary…thank you so much for your affirmations. This community never fails to encourage me….grateful.
Good morning Juan. I don’t feel super energized yet but I’m getting there!
Thank you for your “good vibes”…love that!
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