Themes for this week:
Intention, Integrity, Imagination
The Advent season is filled with symbols: angels, prophets, journey, doubt, and hope.
- How do your memories of the season link with these images?
- What experiences do you imagine formed those memories?
- In this season of waiting and anticipation, what symbols/ images would you add?
Black Elk, 20th century
"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams, 20th century
"The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof."
Thích Nhat Hanh, 21st century
"The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it."
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
"Now that I look back, it seems to me that in all that deep darkness a miracle was preparing. So I am right to remember it as a blessed time, and myself as waiting in confidence, even if I had no idea what I was waiting for."
"There is a reality in blessing....It doesn't enhance sacredness, but it acknowledges it, and there is a power in that."
Malachi 3:1-4 | Luke 1:68-79 | Philippians 1:3-11 | Luke 3:1-6