Improving the Flow

a rare chance
for breathing room,
contemplative space
to carve new grooves, starting
on the inner path, the one
at the center of our being.
New channels of energy open,
flowing out into God’s whole creation.

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Bare Necessities

the pounds.
are heavy, like
unwanted baggage,
crowding into spaces
too small to hold excesses.
Gently unpack your convictions,
and with care, do not replace with guilt.
Travel lightly for the journey takes strength.

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The Heart of the Matter

we do
and don’t do
does not matter
to God, who loves us
as we are, sins and all.
It matters we are aware
of the impact of our footprint,
as we live within God’s creation,
so that we can love ourselves and others.

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Inner Space

is your
holy space?
Altars in church?
Sands by the ocean?
Summit on the mountain?
Look no further than within.
Meditate in your own stillness.
For where you are, God is there also,
making beneath your feet a holy space.
Holy spaces are not in just one place.
They are anywhere and everywhere,
at the same and different times,
in places of beauty and
the most desolate spots.
For the love of God
is within us

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Living Lent

makes a
Holy Lent?
Prayer, atoning
for acts done and undone?
Fasting from hasty judgements?
Perhaps we will find the answer
by living the questions, wandering
in the wilderness, with a contrite heart.

Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. –Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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Wander in the Wilderness

Walk into
the wilderness.
Challenge heart and mind
to see through spirit eyes.
Do not lead, follow the Way,
wandering unknown heights and depths.
Go inward when the darkness descends.
Trust that Divine light will guide the way home.

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Advent 4: Love

Seek and Ye Shall Find

the Christ child.
Shepherds draw near.
Angels adore him.
Wisemen arrive with gifts.
His birth is a miracle.
We watch thousands of years later
for angels. Lo, Christ is among us.
Seek where love is, for there ye shall find him.

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Advent 3: Joy

Keeping Watch

With care and trepidation, the shepherds
are watching their flocks under the stars,
when an angel proclaims to them
there will be a holy birth.
Imagine you are there
when the baby comes.
Fear becomes awe.
Your heart fills
with great

is found
in waiting.
Observing those
standing in our midst
for signs of His coming.
Tending the fires of our faith.
Being the shepherds to lost souls.
Staying alert to hear the angels
proclaim the advent of Christ among us.

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Advent 2: Peace

Dona Nobis Pacem

In peace
we watch and wait
for the baby Jesus
born under the Bethlehem star.
In complete silence, the world holds it breath.
Behold there are tidings of joy
for Christ will come again.
We watch and wait
for peace.

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Advent 1: Hope

A Light in the Darkness

finds me
in darkness,
shining its light,
pathways through challenges
I face along my journey.
Hark! There’s mystery in the air!
Angels proclaim Christ will come again.
With anticipation, I wait and watch.

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