31 December 2010

a rEfLeXiOn fOr tHe nEw sEaSon tO cOmE...

It's almost 2011 (for those who count that way), and it's nice to be in a warmer place :-)...
I just wanted to drop a line and wish everyone the chance to have a good time to reflect on this year that passed ... a time to remember...
I'm sure in the end there will be many things to give thanks for...
I also want to wish you in this coming season, all the rest and peace needed for each day... time to stop and simply wonder at the beauty around us... time to contemplate, and eyes to see and realize that beauty...


hearts to trust that things will be ok...
knowing that even the darkest of nights, comes to an end with the dawn...
even the driest of the deserts, will lead somewhere, if we just keep walking...
May we look back at our deserts and realize how much we've grown and changed... 
May we be reminded that so many other storms we went through in our lives and came out ok... why not this one?
May Goodness remind us that  there is hope...
May hope never dies in our hearts, may faith strengthen us when we most need, not only to overcome our problems, but specially to go through them...
May Love help us to see the other as equal, so we can learn what justice is about...
May Love show us our fragility and weaknesses, so that may teach us to forgive those who show their weakness to us... for Love is the safest of places...
May Love fill us in such a way that when we stop to remember the year to come, we have nothing but thanks to give... and joy to share...
May we be assured of who we are by those who truly know us and love us...  
For we are all special, in our unique way... (very cliche to say, but so true)

May all these things be simple... as a child is simple :-)

Bless you !!!
PEACE

3 comments:

gaffycowan said...

words like hope, love, joy - they take on a whole new meaning when they are hard to feel. i guess it is trust that allows us to continue to breathe when times are hard. thanks for the post.

Baba said...

my dear Emma, I believe we can only know when true hope is once we've experienced despair... love, once we've experienced indifference... joy, once we've experienced real pain...
here's Fr. Richard Rohr's meditation for today:

"Adult Christianity knows that suffering can’t be dealt with intellectually or rationally. Dealing with suffering has something to do with one’s capacity for presence—to oneself and to God. Presence to suffering means you don’t try to scapegoat, blame, label, attack, judge or criticize. It’s the same as being in love. Presence simply lives in the full moment—“I am who I am, warts and all.”

Reality is what it is, even though it does not always meet my needs. "God thinks I am worthy of life, and God has allowed this to happen, so on some level it is OK.” This is the only answer to pain, but it is only true at the soul level and not at the mind level, which always fights and resists.

After 37 chapters of Job complaining and cursing God, Yahweh comes to him “from the heart of the tempest” (38:1). Yet Yahweh does not give Job a single direct answer or explanation. He’s just in God’s presence and somehow everything is okay. Mutual presence, realized and experienced, is itself the best answer. It heals the soul and that is where the wound always lies."

Emma, I admire so much your honest and sincere heart, before others and specially before God.
I love you and I'm with you. Can't do much more besides walking along side. Not a pleasant place to be in either, but the journey is yours to walk... and I know you'll keep walking with Grace by your side.

Baba said...

very interesting...just opened another meditation for today from Henri Nowen:

"Joy and sorrow are never separated. When our hearts rejoice at a spectacular view, we may miss our friends who cannot see it, and when we are overwhelmed with grief, we may discover what true friendship is all about. Joy is hidden in sorrow and sorrow in joy. If we try to avoid sorrow at all costs, we may never taste joy, and if we are suspicious of ecstasy, agony can never reach us either. Joy and sorrow are the parents of our spiritual growth."