Faith has the ability
to hold on to hope in a world like this.
Faith resides in the whole self
and grows in community.
Faith is often shaped more by story than by fact:
Faith gives new eyes, new ears, a new heart,
to see the culture of love emerging.
I need this kind of faith.
[photo by Josean Prado per cc 2.0]
There is a profound difference between being watched and being seen.
One sets you apart as an object to be observed, perhaps even judged.
The other celebrates you as you are, inviting true relationship,
So, please stop watching me.
Instead, let us really see one another.
If we do that, love will follow.
[photo by wplynn per cc 2.0]
Even when love works hard –
And it does work hard –
It often does so with a smile
Rather than with gritted teeth.
I am reminded that the phrase
‘Love bears all things’
Can mean that love gives birth to all things.
When life comes, it comes through love.
[photo by novinha2007 per cc 2.0]
[This draws upon the work of Cynthia Bourgeault as quoted by Richard Rohr.]
I am at home within those arms,
Safe within that heart.
The Daddy who adopted me
Has shown me love,
Even when I was not aware
Even when I did not understand the sacrifice,
Even when I could not return it well.
My Daddy embodies love,
Drawing from the greater love,
That echoes in his embrace
And I am grateful.
[image edited from photo by Melissa Gutierrez per cc 2.0]
Words can only do so much.
They cannot contain the deepest truth,
But they can point the way.
They are not the handles for reality,
But they are tools for exploration.
And, so, let the words of my mouth
and the meditations of my heart
Hold true – even when they are too small
To hold truth.
[photo by Jan Glas per cc 2.0]
Every true friendship
Holds the whisper of divinity.
What some see in the sunrise,
I glimpse within your smile.
The hug you bring in greeting
Is always a double embrace.
These truths hold my heart
And feed my life.
[photo by Corey Balazowich per cc 2.0]
Words are never enough
But they are something
And sometimes they open the way for more.
It is my wish, that my words might break illusion
Or spark that quick intake of breath
That sets your heart to dancing.
[photo by ashley.adcox per cc 2.0]