… and remember how as a child your arms could rise and your palms turn out to bless the world. (Tobar Phadraic, David Whyte)
My life is gift, invitation and responsibility, within which there have been a few calls/invitations to mission. There are, of course, those everyday tasks, as well …!
Children. Healing. A career that I loved. And as crazy as this sounds, one summer a long time ago I sat in my home office and said out loud “I really need a summer job.” And the phone rang at that moment, a former employer asking me if I could work for the summer. I practically fell off my chair. We needed the money to pay for a new roof.
From a doctor whom I believe saved my life by figuring out why I was shedding pounds and could not keep food/nutrition in my body, treated me over a long time (I still see her yearly), and brought hope back into my life. And my primary care doc who searched and referred me out to another medical system to bring this about. The gift of music from both of my parents and their families. Gifts of joy beyond measure from my daughters.
It is still early here, but in a few hours a health care worker will provide my second Covid vaccination. This person will be surrounded by a sea of other health care workers, and all their support staff – making this service possible. I am more than grateful for those who provide such essential services to the rest of us.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed and continue to enjoy being a mom to two amazing daughters. And I was utterly surprised at being called to ministry, and the gifts brought about through various iterations of that call. My life has, indeed, been a blessing.
In the early morning as dawn approaches and I start hearing the birds. When my whole family is gathered together. Walking in our near the woods. When I have thoroughly cleaned a room (not so easy as my hands don’t work as they used to). Finding a really good book to read.
Family & friends. Allowing the feelings. Walking in nature. Music. Good memories. Time.
I’m with Kevin and Sunnypatti in my memories of a perfect day! To be a neighborhood kid along with other neighborhood kids, seemingly endless creative license was a wonderful way to spend a childhood, with much “scope for the imagination”, as Anne of Green Gables would say. I am so very grateful to have had those times in my life.
Dear Anna, I read today that Italy would be back on lockdown due to Covid. I am holding you, your family, your country in prayer, my friend.
My lineage is primarily Irish and French. My parents decided that the daughters would have French first names and the son Irish. And middle names would generally be names of saints. My first name is also the “female” version of my dad’s name, which I have always been grateful for. He died way too young of cancer.
Thank you, Mike, for reminding me of these words of Mary Oliver. She is a favorite of mine, yet I have been forgetting lately to bring forward my books of poetry by those who have brought light to me along the path.
Holding you in light and love, dear Friend. Being together with family is a balm to the soul.
Blessings to all of you.
Holy Saturday. A day of quiet with no daytime liturgy, until the Easter feast begins tonight with the Easter Vigil. The day celebrates the vigil that Christ’s followers held for him outside of his tomb, waiting for his resurrection. Fasting is not required, and the only mass held is the Easter Vigil beginning at sundown on Saturday. (There is lots online about this, if interested.)
Mike, it can be helpful or simply give us peace to return to familiar liturgies/celebrations in times such as these. I used to find that especially the Maundy Thursday rituals and words stirred me deeply. My mother breathed her last the day before Holy Thursday several years ago, so the meanings and the feelings come back to me in a different way now. May these ritual days bring you peace and hope, my friend.
Dear Diane, thank you for your beautiful words, and for the wisdom of the Navajos. Five years! I had been wondering how long I have been on this page, and thought maybe longer. But that may be when the Lounge began here. I am grateful for knowing you here for these years, for the familiarity and even simply a place to show up, as one who lives alone, and in pandemic times, has spent much time by myself.
I will copy down these Navajo words of wisdom. Thank you! So wise! A reminder that...
I will copy down these Navajo words of wisdom. Thank you! So wise! A reminder that what we seek, what we need, is here for us, should we be attentive. May you and your family be well, my friend. Many blessings to you and your family as we move into the feast of Easter and the blossoming of Spring.
Welcome, Sush! Happy to “meet” you in this space!
Your questions … “how can this be?” … “how to hold on to hope …?” These are questions filling my heart and scouring my mind in these days of struggle and shock at what some people have wrought upon so many other, good people. I have not turned on the news again, cannot. Such blatant disregard for human life … all over the planet, I realize … but there are moments when I can hardly function or move forward. And yet I must...
Your questions … “how can this be?” … “how to hold on to hope …?” These are questions filling my heart and scouring my mind in these days of struggle and shock at what some people have wrought upon so many other, good people. I have not turned on the news again, cannot. Such blatant disregard for human life … all over the planet, I realize … but there are moments when I can hardly function or move forward. And yet I must.
Like you, I must see the wondrous beauty in the land and other people. I must make my day the best it can be, love well and fully my family and friends, and find something to offer to those in need. I think I read once that we are always beginners on the path … beginning again, being grateful for THIS day, THIS moment.
I am grateful that you and your family are safe, and together. The greatest of gifts. Stay well, dear friend. I know you shine your light of hope in your new home state, and that is much needed.
Christine, this is a great gift to share with the elders. Nothing made my mom happier in her years in retirement and nursing homes than when music and song were shared with them. Thank you for sharing your music!
I have seen it Craig, thanks! And I have the DVDs by Sullivan Entertainment with Megan Follows from a number of years ago.
Hi Drew, it can be such a relief to get good test results! I’m glad to hear your news.
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