There is certainly a reason why the desert plays a significant role in the history of faith. The desert experiences of John the Baptist, Jesus of Nazareth, and of Hebrew prophets come to mind as well-known examples of the mystical power that these places hold. If you live in or near a desert area, you … Continue reading Desert, a Spiritual Retreat
"Do I operate the laws with a sense of mastery yet surrender?" Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, "Life Visioning" In the dance between striving for my dreams and surrendering to what is, I have found myself pulled and stretched in seemingly opposite directions. In one week, I may be drawing inspiration for the pursuit of my … Continue reading Dreaming & Surrendering: A Fine Balance
"[...] life holds thee; not thou it." ~ Captain Ahab in Moby Dick by Herman Melville. We are under the illusion that this little self of ours, made of flesh, mental and emotional components sustains a life within us. We subconsciously believe that the force that animates our being is dependent of our conscious control; that … Continue reading Life Holds You
You may have been in sorrow for too long, drowning in a constant influx of sadness and hopelessness. There may be something serious going on in your life that seeks to pull you down, each and every day, into its cold embrace. Or, perhaps, there is no single cause for the dread that nonetheless pervades … Continue reading Joy for the Worried Heart
In one moment Spirit is here, In another, so far away. One instant of pure bliss, Followed by times of gloom. Today, the light shines bright! It covers the whole world in its warm beauty. Tomorrow, the dark shadows Keep the Sun from being seen. If only the mind and heart Would … Continue reading Underneath the Crashing Waves
Gratitude turns us away from the perceived lack in our lives onto that which we have been graciously provided and blessed with. So, instead of thinking about the money that you need for this and that, you think about the loving family that cares for you. Instead of worrying about the problems in your life, … Continue reading Why Be Grateful?
So much hate in this world, so much pain. Too much evil, this Earth is inhumane. Nothing we say will bring them back, nothing we can do. Nothing will bring back their smiles, they aren’t gone for just a while. With each one of them dead, their mothers’ hearts died too. For every slain man, … Continue reading A Poem for Orlando