Unwrapping the gift, the promise

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It is easy to separate the celebration of Christmas from the new beginning of the New Year. Yet, as I have thought about how we tend to treat Christmas Day as the destination in Advent, the more it has dawned that what comes afterwards is the gift. This is the poem I wrote for The … Read more

The silence of the trees

Beech leaf turning yellow

Hush now. Settle down. This is an invitation to gaze and to listen… THE SILENCE OF THE TREES There is a gracethat we cannot remember,a peace that has passedour understanding. For who cares to listento the silence of the trees?Who ventures out into the quietof their own soul? Who in this age of deafening hurrycan … Read more

On the peace of where to stand

By the brook after the storm

Yesterday, the girls chose to shelter from the storm in some unexpected places. They have a superb knack for knowing when and where. And later, on the hillside, I stood out of the wind between gorse bushes to think about what to write. We sometimes need to relinquish our ‘heroes of the world’ capes. And … Read more

The softness of the homecoming

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Coming home to ourselves is not about the shame of having gone away. It is a compassionate welcome for the essence of who we are that can finally flourish again. John O’Donohue captures it well: TO COME HOME TO YOURSELF May all that is unforgiven in you, Be released. May your fears yield Their deepest … Read more

Knowing what matters is a gift

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In a world of hollow noise and superficial reaction, knowing what matters to us is a gift. Yet so often, we’ve settled for something less. Perhaps it’s been what pleases others, makes us look good or avoids our fears. Yet on those occasions when all else is stripped away, and we see clearly what matters … Read more

Waiting to come home

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How many of us are waiting to come home? To arrive at the door, and not have to knock. To know we are welcome, here, now, in this place. Crossing the threshold of grace, with grace. + Sue Heatherington ~ Thinking of the many far from home, physically and metaphorically. And those currently approaching a … Read more

Pausing for grace

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Let’s hush the noise,tamp down the echoesand invite thegentleness of graceand the quietnessof compassionto say a few words.