Posts Tagged ‘prayer

18
Oct
19

Seeking a connection…

“Breathing seemed harder in the cemetery, and selfish, somehow…” Sheri Webber

04
Jan
15

Seeking strength to….

“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway

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Have you ever sat in one of those hospital quiet rooms with windows that afford a view? Places you go to collect your wits, your focus, your (their) reality. Serious events are unfolding, life wobbles in the moment. Death looms. You look outward, upward and you pray toward what you daily ignore or take for granted. Now you pray and ask for life, mercy, easing of pain, strength for you to endure what is surely coming in the days….the hours ahead.

Afterwards, after the punch in the gut, the jolt to the heart, the reeling then numbness of loss, do you think to revisit that place in you that made you look up and ask something beyond the reality of the moment? No, probably back to the old self sufficient, positive thinking, self actualization mantras. Well be assured someday again you will be staring out that window, somewhere, and yet again asking for strength and courage beyond all the positive self promotions.  Forewarned is forearmed.

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31
Dec
14

Sincere Happy New Year…

to all of you and wishing you peace in your life and those you love. This holiday season, I have been filled with a great sense of thankfulness. It was kindled during our family’s Thanksgiving Day tradition..a tradition that one can muddle through or take to heart…where we stand in a large circle and hold the hand of the persons standing beside you, forming a large circle. My brother-in-law Steve sets the tone with a loving prayer and then the several dozen family members individually say what they are thankful for. The answers have come forth from the silly, to the thoughtful over the years. As the years have passed and the family has grown older and passings have taken place the responses have become more thoughtful, more real. 

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Taking stock of the situation

Do your own little individual thankful session, but go beyond the quick hit, the formality of it, the easy response. What are you really thankful for? Share it if courage and comfort allow with those you love soon, for time passes and loved ones pass all too quickly with unspoken loves, apologies, forgiveness and thanks. Maybe coming out of this holiday season and into a new year is a good time to take someone’s hand or put your arm around their shoulder on just touch their forearm and tell them what you feel. Let the tears well up, feel awkward. It’s alright. Much better than the unspoken, the unsettled. 

At any rate, just had that little sentimental force working its way through my mind of late. Again, a very Happy New Year to all of you and sincerest best wishes.

Happy NY 2015

06
May
12

Every Day in May Challenge: ‘Praying’

EVERY DAY IN MAY CHALLENGE: TODAY’S TOPIC ‘PRAYING’

‘PRAYING’ an empowering notion; a sustaining act. Each in their own way perform prayer; some in earnest and mechanical….some with crossed fingers. My last five years in particular have repeatedly tested my ability to withstand all manner of obstacles by myself.

The reality is, I have never been very good at handling the swirl of chaotic life unless I stop, and take the time to pray. We each do it in our own way. I rarely utter words aloud. I think my prayers and I often rephrase them with more emphasis to pierce the static out there, or is it in there, so I am heard.

To me, heretical as it may seem, there is NO greater church than the outdoors. I tend to abstain from the structure or individuals that assume positions. I don’t want the middleman. I don’t particularly like the confines of a pew. 

Today is a day of prayer as every day is really. Not so much because today is Sunday. Today marks the two year anniversary of my mom’s passing. It was a rough closure. I will visit her grave side today to say hello to her and my dad. Silly some would say, but it is paying homage to what they gave me and to who they were. It’s the right thing to do and I am blessed that I had that kind of relationship with them in the end. It is fuel for reality about one’s own life. It is fuel for prayer.

Today also, is my sweet grand daughter’s First Holy Communion. Ceremonial and obligatory to some, it is more than dutiful attendance and momentary attention to the altar and cross. It is a chance to pause and reconnect. A chance to assess where you are and where you should be. And, yes a chance to bow your head and seek some assistance or forgiveness through praying.

A touch serious? A touch uncomfortable or off putting? Well, just picture that outdoor altar you feel most comfortable at. I have mine and I often think “Oh my God, this is so beautiful.” There is not better place to reconnect, to pray, to seek guidance than knee deep in the river. Go ahead. Slow down. Ease the brain from the fishing moment and find that quiet place in your heart and hold your own service. No one around you will know. Maybe you will be totally alone…all the better. Of course, you are not alone.

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Topic: Working (Ugh)




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