Wendell Berry: Everything is Here

Everything is Here

Geese appear high over us,

pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,

as in love or sleep, holds

them to their way, clear

in the ancient faith: what we we need

is here. And we pray, not

for new earth or heaven, but to be

quiet in heart, and in eye,

clear. What we need is here.

~ Wendell Berry

Photo: Fearless

How timely to find this old post from the fall of 2011. Two years ago, is just a few winks of time for my friend (the mom of this girl) and I. For her though, much growing and changing has happened in the two and 1/2 years that have passed since I asked her if I could use her sweet photo.

Attendance Please

She is clothed in strength and dignity,

she can laugh at the days to come.

Psalm 31: 25

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Grace is God’s Unmerited Favor

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“Grace is God’s unmerited favor.”

I’m going to go ahead and claim that I wrote that sentence, even though it is part of my six month old scribbled notes that I made while on Wikki (of all places). I was working on a tab for this blog which explains why I would pick an often uncute theme: grace.

Wait! Red light! Am I tiptoeing around the stickiest theological debate of all time – for me anyway: Exactly where do toil and grace meet?

Know what I mean (jellybean)?

And…who, how, when and where is grace found? And why…of course we ask over and over, is toil and suffering so often what we associate with the experience of God being in our midst?

Let’s just put that on the chalkboard for now:

“Def.: Grace = God in our midst.”

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So, let me explain

Tangent: here’s why I’m bogging down your computer with huge photos:

 

I just want to.

Want to bog mine down anyway. I was lucky enough to have scored a job for a couple of months at the end of the school year and that was a really wonderful experience. My title was “Communication Coach” for a Kindergarten student who is hard of hearing.

If I can get back into a routine to blog more often, I’d love to share more about my experience. It was just what I didn’t know I was praying for.

The huge pictures in this post? Because as soon as I signed my contract, I treated myself to a new printer that has a scanner so that I can try and organize old photos.

So far, what I have is an office and moving boxes that are a jumble of…

a jumble. In a room with stinky carpet.

(insert music or images that lead you to toil and suffer,

if my friend, you are on my side…)

I am still committed to try and not write more than a few hundred words per post, but for now, as I brush away some midlife cobwebs, I need to see these snippets in biggie size. Image

“Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up on such grace.

What you need is

someone to take hold of you –

gently, with love,

and hand your life back to you.”

 

~ Tennessee Williams

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What She Said

Why didn’t anyone tell me that there is such a thing as virtual highlighter pens? I love those things IRL. (IRL= like, “in real life”)

I got  up early this morning to read and highlight some things that I’ve said in this blog.

I hand wrote them in my journal, and learned to highlight quotes.

Yellow for me, pink for what another gal said that rocks the, well, my world anyway.

Here is what I found:

It’s because I’m reminded that prayer is so real,

and so doable.  ~ Kate Cooper

(from Forgiveness Friday:Compassionate Prayer Relies on Self-Care)

Pardon my French again, but without the occasional fifteen seconds of feeling overwhelmed with trust that my children are safe, will be safe, and that they are being safe, parenting would only be scary shit. ~ Kate Cooper

(from Forgiveness Friday: Parents need help feeling safe)

 I tried not to snarl, but I don’t think I did a swell job at hiding my disdain.

 

By sharing joy, strangers and friends alike get a window seat view to the truth which is that God wants us to experience life, no matter how dark, bright, soft or prickly. ~ Kate Cooper

(from Surviving Desolation)

I’ll bet parenting isn’t the only thing that creates a sudden surge of, “oh yeah…I remember that.” ~ Kate Cooper

(from Moment of Teen Gush)

David Prays About Shame

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Reflections and comments from Larry Broding in his lectionary site named Word-Sunday.

Psalm 25

The Path of the Lord

By David.

1 To you, YHWH, do I lift up my soul.
2 My God, I have trusted in you.
Don’t let me be shamed.
Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.
3 Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed.
They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
4 Show me your ways, YHWH.
Teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth, and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation,
I wait for you all day long.
6 YHWH, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,
for they are from old times.
7 Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.
Remember me according to your loving kindness,
for your goodness’ sake, YHWH.
8 Good and upright is YHWH,
therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
9 He will guide the humble in justice.
He will teach the humble his way.
10 All the paths of YHWH are loving kindness and truth
to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For your name’s sake, YHWH,
pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12 What man is he who fears YHWH?
He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease.
His seed shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of YHWH is with those who fear him.
He will show them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever on YHWH,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged.
Oh bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my travail.
Forgive all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies, for they are many.
They hate me with cruel hatred.
20 Oh keep my soul, and deliver me.
Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
22 Redeem Israel, God,
out all of his troubles

How smooth or rough has your spiritual path been over the past year?

Psalm 25 presents us with a different tack on the spiritual life. As Christians, most of our spiritual focus is on the afterlife. Yet, God meant his life to be realized in the present. In other words, the struggle of the spiritual life has its own rewards in this realm. As we walk the path of the Lord, let us realize (and enjoy)… faithfulness and love, for (God) is with us now.

How do you feed your spirit every day? How have your efforts given you comfort, even in the tough times?

The Manageable Life Blog and John Britt Pottery

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I’ve reconnected with a friend from my graduate school days.

He is the one that convinced me that my Big Man on Campus husband deserved a date and that I needed to stop cowering in my little study hole of a bedroom.

Good advise.

And, by reconnecting via various social media, I’ve been able to get to know his wife after several years of, well, life!

She’s a gem. I think you should read what she writes.

I do!

It’s good stuff.

Here she is…Cheryl Craigie and her blog named

The Manageable Life Blog.

Oh. And the guy that told me to take a jump? He’s a groovy potter. Check him out to at

John Britt Pottery.

Good weekend all!