Archive for November, 2017

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11.27.17 … “’Let there be…’- and there’s no telling what newness will surprise us.” …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church, Charlotte NC:

This is my post-Thanksgiving, pre-Advent, late fall walk. And this is what I see, hear and feel:

Rushing water from the fountain at the columbarium;

Red leaf trees perfectly lighted in the late morning sun;

Feeling the loss of the large of oak at the center of this sacred garden;

More shade then sun on the labyrinth;

Rustling of the leave on the red leafed trees …

And I really miss the oak.

And I love this from James today …

The Christian year somewhat weirdly begins near the end of the calendar year – and all because of the way we mark our preparation for and then the marvel of the birth of Christ. It’s as if we go to Genesis 1 every Advent, and God looks down at the dark, formless, chaotic void of our lives and world, and creates anew.

When God created, in the beginning, God did so by speaking: “Let there be…” Ponder that with me. God could have manufactured or built or whittled a world. But God spoke – tipping us off that words would always matter, that words would give life. What we need most in life aren’t things, but words – words of love, encouragement, hope, tenderness, truth.

This month, we will look for the space God creates for us to step into. We may sing “Prepare him room,” but God is making the room for us to enter. And when we go there, grow there, and thrive there, nothing is ever the same. The English translation, “Let there be… and there was…” is too innocuous for the Hebrew. The original, short, crisp words, vayehi, vayehi (repeated!) mean “Something new arose” or “Now get this!” or “A huge turning point unfolded,” or “The most amazing thing happened.” God’s creating, God’s speaking, God’s making room for life and good is like that. “Let there be…” – and there’s no telling what newness will surprise us.

James

Source: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Prayer–Let-there-be—.html?soid=1104220709083&aid=m1vzS1hM7fQ

11.27.17

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11.24.17 … big four bridge …

Post Thanksgiving Pedestrian Bridge and River Walk in Louisville …

11.24.17

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Nov
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11.14.17 … Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Wisdom Jesus: the 10,000 intrusions when we meditate and that each pushing away of the intrusion is a attempt to reach back to God …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Labyrinth Walks, private labyrinth – Charlotte NC:

Walking together is sometimes food for my soul. And today I enjoyed a walk with a labyrinth friend. She picked me up and we went to this private labyrinth that I have walked several times but not in the last 18 months.

The labyrinth is located in the private backyard of a very enthusiastic labyrinth facilitator and artist. And the labyrinth reflects her personality. This labyrinth is a full Chartres but on a diminished size. The paths are grass and moss and the boundaries are small river stones. There are chimes, water features, sculptures, etc.

This morning the weather was forbidding, but we made it as hospitable as we could. As we walked, my mind repeatedly wandered and I thought of the lecture from Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Wisdom Jesus where we talked about the 10,000 intrusions when we meditate and that each pushing away of the intrusion is a attempt to reach back to God. Today my walk was interrupted by thoughts of … the compass orientation of the labyrinth, whether the moss was “planted,” whether the sun would break through the overcast sky, the noisy garbage trucks, the wonderful forested garden …

Thank you Catherine for sharing your labyrinth and Toni for sharing your time.

11.14.17

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Nov
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11.9.17 … Black and White Photo Challenge: 7 days, 7 black and white photos of my life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new every day …

Black and White Photo Challenge: 7 days, 7 black and white photos of my life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new every day.

Day 1 of 7.

I challenge Mary-Stewart.

Day 2 of 7.

I challenge Daniel!

Day 3 of 7.

I challenge Eleanor!

Day 4 of 7.

I challenge Elizabeth!

Day 5 of 7.

I challenge Ann!

Day 6 of 7.

I challenge Ruth-Ann.

And thanks, Lynn, for the challenge.

Day 7 of 7:

I challenge anybody that feels so inclined …

11.9.17




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