Saturday, December 29, 2007

lingering moments

as snow falls
during this deepening of winter
I yet linger
near a manger

with the simple heart of a child
and aging bent knees of surrender
in adoring awe
to gaze upon the face
of God

I wonder at this God
who would so risk
entrusting himself
to the care of man

wanting to go and tell
yet unable to move
I am captivated by this heart
beating in a tiny naked chest
and can only burrow deeper
and deeper
into these silent moments
between mystery
and revelation

Friday, December 28, 2007

blessed moment

blessed is she
with children
like olive plants
around her table

Thursday, December 27, 2007

lily moment

snow and ice
hold the earth imprisoned
somewhere it seems
a lily is shedding its perfume
how strange
for it is winter
and lilies
do not bloom
in the snow

dwell moment

dwelling in the ground of my soul
where God joins me

Friday, December 21, 2007

Friday moment

there is a constant yearning within me
to seek the hidden places of my world
to find a place where I am really alone with God
where my human horizons are somewhat limited
so my spiritual horizons might grow without distractions

a place where I am there
not for myself
but for others

a place where closing the wings of my intellect
opens the door of my heart

the silence strips me
the Lord of this silence also strips me

I come because I am tired
and desire only to rest on the breast of my Beloved
for to touch God
I must touch humanity
and there has been much human touching this season

the silent stillness comes to greet me
and lead me further into advent
to the expected one
the child in the cave
the child who is God

there is a stillness
holy stillness in these moments
and I
I am cocooned within this cradle of stillness
into which the Word
who came from heaven
comes to rest

the stiller the water
the more perfect the reflection

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

advent moment

God's astounding
and radical intervention
in our human history
cannot be contained in the tame
and timid
displays of Christmas lights
catchy slogans
or the exchange of gifts

advent confronts us once again
with God’s unparalleled effort
to communicate the message
that all humankind is embraced
and held close
by a God of love

Jesus Christ has come
is present with us
and will come again
in final victory
when all darkness
and evil will be no more

Monday, December 17, 2007

hug moment

offer hugs
to those who look as though they need them
even more important
listen to their stories

Thursday, December 13, 2007

explaining moments

it is in the wondrous
silence of God
I come to know who God is
where I learn of God Himself
through God Himself
for me
I must continuously find a place
where I can enter into this silence of God
and meet His Word
in that silence
where I can wait for that revelation
and not rush
or force
or tear at the hem of His mystery
where I wait for God
to explain
whatever it is
He wants to explain

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

answer moment

I have been asked what God is doing in heaven.
I answer;
He has been giving his Son birth eternally,
is giving him birth now
will go on giving him birth forever.
The Father
being in labor,
as a woman
giving birth to a child,
in every virtuous soul. -
Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

truth moment

the wolf
will live with the lamb
the panther
lie down with the kid
fat-stock beast together
with a little boy to lead them
the cow and the bear will graze
their young will lie down together
the lion will eat hay like the ox
the infant will play over the den of the adder
the baby will put his hand into the viper's lair
no hurt
no harm will be done
on all my holy mountain
for the country will be full of knowledge of Yahweh
as the waters cover the sea
Isaiah 11:6-9

Monday, December 10, 2007

faithful moment

a good man is not a perfect man
a good man is an honest man
faithful and unhesitatingly responsive
to the voice of God in his life
John Fisher

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Saturday moment

conviction of sin
is the threshold
of an understanding of God

it is through panging pains of repentance
crashing into man's respectable goodness
the door opens into the Kingdom

the Holy Spirit
producer of these agonies
begins the formation of the Son of God in the life

dare we pray for the gift of tears

Friday, December 07, 2007

Bethlehem moments

God of December darkness
and Christmas light
deepen my longing
heighten my expectation
make pregnant my hope
I know that within my heart is a Bethlehem
a place where light shines
with tender memories
a place where angelic voices sing
loud and clear
a place of wonder and awe
delight and calm
God of December darkness
and Christmas light
journey with me during these days
so that I may know
and prize
my Bethlehem moments

Thursday, December 06, 2007

family moment

was spent with my brothers
has been spent with my sisters
family is a wonder
being a part
of a whole
there are no words really
just a knowing
of belonging
of loving
and being loved
no competition
simple acceptance

Thursday moment

I went for a walk very early this morning
silence and stillness enveloped all
winter solitude
in a world of one color
only the sound of wind
in my ears
in my heart
I am in love
with this Wind
of the sound

Sunday, December 02, 2007

foot washing moment

the basin
filled with the water of His willingness
to suffer
for us
whose feet are dirty

this same water
in the basin
is available for us to use for one another
to offer to another who has been exposed in a weakness
or who has offended us personally

too often we sling mud
rather than humbling ourselves
with the girding of a towel

Saturday, December 01, 2007

prayer moment

prayer is not words
moments of feeling holy
prayer is the moaning of all that is unanswered
unfinished in us
prayer is the ache
of the unbreathed breath