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Dec
11

Advent

 

"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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Oct
29

compassion

 

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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Oct
23

the mirror

 

 

I studied my face in the mirror, noting what time had done, or perhaps even undone.

I wonder if and how my life might be expressed there.

Do my eyes show compassion for others?

Is there a smile for the friendless, an ear for the

one who cries but is seldom heard?

 

Did worry and concern leave their tracks?

Did the cares of this life and my own weariness

leave their shadows?

 

OR –

 

Have joy and contentment softened the countenance?

Do passion and purpose rosy the cheek?

Does enigma raise one brow?

 

 

One can hardly look at another’s face, and read the entire story.

I consider what time has done, and I ponder the mystery of it.

Time seems to be a concept of the earthbound - the clock and calendar

are my unrelenting rulers and taskmasters.

 

 

The sun rises and sets, the seasons change –

Ahhh… another trip around the sun.

 

I rise, I work, I go to bed, and more sand sinks into the bottom of my hourglass.

I ask forgiveness for the time I’ve wasted in vain pursuits

and for setting worthless things before me.

 

So, what have the decades brought and what have they taken?

Youth and strength were the wages paid for wisdom.

Self-righteousness was humbly exchanged for mercy.

 

 

I study my face in the mirror, and hope it reflects the One

who calls me His own.

 

 

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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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