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“Diminished Light”

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013

Diminished Light
Diminished light discovered
Along empty corridors
That seek to restrain;
Stale over-wrought
Expressions of wisdom
Plundered—lost by ego;
Flight curtailed in
Vacant expressions of
Mindless jabber;
Where is courage to
Soar amidst stars,
Touch brisk breeze,
Experience creation
At its source,
Respond to a call,
Sounding from afar,
Within sentiments of
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Meditation – August 25, 2013

Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Scripture: Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all peoples, for his faithful love is strong and his constancy never-ending. Psalm 117:1-2
Prayer: How appropriate, it seems this morning, to put aside all distractions and anxieties, and simply give praise despite, or even for, all the aches experienced in a long life. I was out walking my dogs and two visiting canines long before dawn. Now, as the day has dawned, I am reminded of the Lord’s glory, His presence, and His constancy in my life and in the lives of loved ones for whatever challenges I or they face. Teach me to praise.
Response: The secret is to praise when life takes an unanticipated turn—one which is or was not of your choosing. Is it counter-intuitive to give praise at such times? Perhaps, but it is then that your praise fills a seemingly empty cathedral filled with worshippers seated alongside who have been silenced or stunned by grief or sorrow. Such praise is genuine as it flows from the heart, echoing soulfully the words: Let Your will be done in my life and according to Your timing.
Can you sense the peace that descends upon you on such occasions? Is it a coincidence that when you release the grip on what you could not possess or see transpire, and instead accept the unfolding of His love and grace into your life, that you experience a transformation? Worthy are you if you welcome the challenges faced with equanimity and grace. How else to be ever ready for the new day as the sun rising in your life this very moment?
Don’t neglect to absorb that the Lord’s faithful love is strong and His constancy never-ending. This is especially evident when you are faced with challenges that you did not anticipate, or were or are not prepared to encounter, because in releasing your grip you experience the Lord’s abundant grace to transform grief into joy, sickness into health, disappointment into success. Praise God.
All for this morning.

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Meditation – August 3, 2013

Posted on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes. Love never comes to an end . . . Now, I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known. I Corinthians 13:4-12
Before retiring last night, I began working on a poem entitled Love Thought Lost, and this morning after reading the scripture assigned for the day, I turned instead to the above scripture selection, prompted, I guess because tomorrow that marks the 50th anniversary of my marriage to Donna, who passed ten years ago. Lord, help me to know your love.
If you were a wood carver, each stroke of the chisel would mark what you have learned in a long life. When you were a youngster, would anyone have assigned the quality of patience to you? And it seems you still have many more cuts to refine the lines of your patient soul. And how about what you have learned along the way regarding those traits you had to or were forced to shed, or at least do not have the influence they once held?
But instead of focusing on what you let go on your journey, consider deeply what you learned and pulled down into your heart about the joy of love, the accommodations that you still make, the trust you have discovered—if sometimes hesitantly, and the endurance that emboldens you?
However, before you applaud your efforts too loudly, pause and reflect on these words, Now, I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known. Does it take your breath away? It should. Praise God.
All for this morning.

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Meditation – August 2, 2103

Posted on Friday, August 2nd, 2013

“I (Wisdom) came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and I covered the earth like mist. I had my tent in the heights, and my throne was a pillar of cloud. Alone, I have made the circuit of the heavens and walked through the depths of the abyss.” Ecclesiasticus 24 24:3-5 In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him. What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men; and light shines in darkness, and darkness could not over power it. John 1:1-5
The rising sun seemed to be playing tag with me this morning—darting in and out of the clouds on the horizon, or allowing the homes along the ocean to shield its light as I made my way. And in this flickering light, I saw more clearly life not as black or white, or gray choices or experiences, but as a rich, vibrancy that interplays in a constant riot of color. Let me invite Wisdom into my heart.
How often have you wandered about almost in a dream state and received a life changing insight or wisdom that you have not previously identified or sought, and have asked where did that come? Or when is the last time you encountered someone that you might even had sought to avoid or at least not sought company at that time, and discovered almost without preliminaries a deep sharing of life’s journey?
Do you think that could be the Wisdom referred in the first reading, or John’s description of the Word as the light of men? And do you discover each day instances where the light does shine in the darkness, as when sadness is lifted without a plausible explanation from your brow, loneliness is subsumed in riotous joy and celebration, or dismay is overcome by purpose and resolution?
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Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

I am vacant today—
Walking solitary paths
Before sunrise breaks
Through distant cloudbanks.
Muffled sounds of farewells,
Shared among families departing—
Following reunions long planned
In advance of summer—now over.
Is it time for routine to return,
Assume all will be present next time,
Apologies repeated—peace restored,
That joy—laughter will abound once again?
And I am taken back in time to
Murmured muffled farewells,
When those remaining recall
In stillness a vibrant soul no longer.
Then I am plunged into present,
The Now of opportunities to
Plan this day as it emerges—
No longer shackled to a past.

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