Saturday, October 24
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Tag: Winter

Mindful Monday: Frigid Gizzards

Poetry, Spirituality
I was in the mood for a winter poem for today's Mindful Monday post. I looked for something spare, ancient, Zen-like, and haiku-y. Instead, I found a contemporary, cranky, tragicomic poem whose vivid images, seemingly straight out of Fargo, made me laugh for some dark reason. Enjoy! A Severe Lack Of Holiday Spirit by Amy Gerstler I dread the icy white concussion of winter. Each snowfall demands panic, like a kidnapper's hand clapped over my chapped mouth. Ice forms everywhere, a plague of glass. Christmas ornaments' sickly tinkle makes my molars ache. One pities the anemic sun come January. Trees go skeletal. Children born in the chilly months are apt to stammer. People hit the sauce in a big way all winter. Amidst blizzards they wrestle unsuccessfully with the dark comedy of their lives...
Bathing in the Light (an Advent Reflection)

Bathing in the Light (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Our host today is Frank Watson of FollowTheBlueFlute.com. This is the final posting of Advent! For more about Frank, please scroll to the end. Bathing in the Light A micropoetry sequence inspired by Isaiah 60, 1-6 though he had only one book its withered pages contained the secrets he had wandered for decades to find lost from his path the woods were covered in fog between the trees between the leaves he followed a light that would bring him home for as the Earth revolves there is someone somewhere that bathes in the golden light of a warming dawn and above the Earth we see below the golden remnants of God’s reflection and birds that rise to heaven to leave their song behind ... ... 1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 For darkness sha...
The Magnificat (an Advent Reflection)

The Magnificat (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, Art, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Our host today is Julie Adams. I give to you an artistic rendition of "The Magnificat" based on Luke 1:46-55. For more about Julie, please scroll to the end. The Magnificat ... The Annunciation and Magnificat from Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen ... 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;...