Originally posted December 24, 2012/ edited December 23, 2014:
“O God, let me rise to the edges of time and open my life to your eternity;
Let me run to the edges of space and gaze into your immensity;
Let me climb through the barriers of sound and pass into your silence;
And then, in stillness and in silence let me adore You,
Who art Life-Light-Love
Without beginning and without end
Who has bound heaven to earth in the birth of a Child”
-Sister Ruth “The Oxford Book of Prayer”
It happened 14 years ago, when I experienced the first Christmas without my mother alive. And it has continued every year since. I have grown weary of Christmas songs and have longed for and cherished Christmas hymns. I think I noticed this for the first time when I heard “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and I…
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I wish it had not been so long. I must have been hibernating. I have so many thoughts, though, and they are stubbornly wanting to get out. I hope to have a new entry out this week.
I began this blog last October, as a reaction to two things. The first is the gentle push from some kind friends who encouraged me to give this a try after they had read some things I had written. The second is a reaction to a quote I happened across by Madeleine L’Engle about rock and sand. I am in the process of moving my posts from another site, and will begin with my opening post, to explain this a little further:
“It’s a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.”
― Madeleine L’Engle
I have wanted to do this for a very long time, and for some reason, at this moment, I have felt compelled to actually begin. The thought of “blogging” has an appeal and at the same time scares me not a little. I am not sure I will continue to have things that are valuable to say, or anything that people beyond my little circle will want to read. But I recently wrote a reflection for an annual memorial service held for hospice patients, and I was encouraged by some very kind people who gave me the little push I needed to at least try this.
I picked the name for my blog based on the above quote by Madeleine L’Engle. She was a wise woman and incredible writer. I had the privilege to meet her once, briefly, many years ago. I found this quote recently and it hit something deep inside me. I have, for various reasons, at various times, felt the props removed from my life, and I have witnessed this happening to people very dear to me. And I have seen what happens, how so many things we believe to be solid ground turn out to be shifting sand. My faith leads me to the deep and unshaken understanding that Christ is the one true Rock. But I also would say that there are some pretty solid rocks in my life in the form of family and friends that have held me up during life’s big and little storms. This is what keeps me going, and gives me the strength to search my heart for insights that attempt to make sense of the path I am on.
So I will start this journey and see where it takes me, and hopefully, some others will join me…