"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… .What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.”

Jan L. Richardson

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dancing in the fire




 It feels like fire within me, sometimes roaring, sometimes just embers

smoldering below the surface and not too awful – just there, just constantly



This pain can lead to questioning – I can endure if I know why.

I can go through if I know the outcome.  But is that right?


Pain -- whether physical, emotional, relational, financial – does it always

point to something being wrong?


I sit with it and examine it, scrutinize it.  When did it start, when will it end?

Why are some days better than others, where is it leading me?


I shift my inward gaze from the burning to focus on the Goldsmith

whose breath is fanning the flames.  Melt me, purify me, mold me.

Help me to trust the process.


Is there a sanctifying gift in the pain?

Can I stand in the furnace and allow my ropes to be burned away?

Can I walk in the midst of the fire, and not even smell like smoke?


Can I dance in the flames?




Kim Yinger is a wife, mother of two, and an HR manager.  She is a contemplative who also loves nature and writing Haikus.  Touching other peoples’ lives with her musings, and glorifying the Lord with the offerings are her greatest desire.  “When people read my poems, I’d like them to say, ‘hmmmm…… pause and calmly think about that.’  [Selah].”


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Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.



-Henri Nouwen



Photo Credit: Deb Turnow


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