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Mindful Monday: What are you looking for? (An Advent Reflection)

Advent, contemplation, Psalm, Scripture, Spirituality, Visio Divina
1 As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?” (Psalm 42: 1-3) Like the Psalmist, each of us knows this longing well. We yearn for union with something greater than ourselves, something that finally puts the pieces of our lives together in a meaningful way, something by which we feel met and consumed and in that consumption, saved. But that painful longing is not for something forever out of reach. Paradoxically, what we are looking for is what is looking (St. Francis of Assisi). We can continue to interpret that yearning feeling as being for something we lack, or we ca...
Mindful Monday: “Live Quietly and Mind Your Own Affairs” (An Advent Reflection)

Mindful Monday: “Live Quietly and Mind Your Own Affairs” (An Advent Reflection)

Advent, body, Lectionary, peace, Scripture, spiritual practice, Spirituality
The Advent scripture today advises us not only to love one another but to “live quietly” ourselves: Now concerning love for the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, NRSV) Today, I understand “live quietly and mind your own affairs” to mean that it is important to develop inner peace. This has been much on my mind since the passing of Nelson Mandela last week. In 1993, he ...
Mindful Monday

Mindful Monday

Photography, Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
What are you noticing today? The Mysterious Thicket, or Where the Wild Things Really Are signs point the way to the mysterious thicket of entangled hearts Audubon BirdLoop at Marymoor Park There really is a section on the map called Mysterious Thicket!! © 2013, post and photo, Terri Stewart, All rights reserved