Hope Rises…

30 03 2013

CSC_0352 CSC_0355Early morning in Western Maryland





Welcome…

27 03 2013

WATER LEAVES       There are times when, unanticipated, a moment captures the spirit:

shadows cast upon a moss tinted fence…

the simple symbiotic union of grass and dirt supporting

an old red maple outside the window…

being in the presence of a child’s wonder…

looking across a pond painted with the stoke of

nature’s brush…

And in that sacred moment, we are visited by:

a peace…

a joy…

a thirst…

a longing to travel deeper,

          wanting to be deeper…

          a sense of being held tenderly, dearly…

yet offered freedom and invited to live intentionally our

“one wild and precious life”. *

Time is suspended… the Spirit stirs… and somewhere, from deep within, we hear, “welcome”…” *(Mary Oliver, The Summer Day)





Weathered Wood

24 03 2013

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from a barn in Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains





Cades Cove Barn

22 03 2013

Cades Cove Barn

 

 

 

Smoky Mountain Barn in Cades Cove





Community…

22 03 2013

COMMUNITY

 

 

 

 

Our first thought might be that someone is climbing the ladder…

 

but maybe someone is being

encouraged,

nurtured,

supported,

saved,

restored,

welcomed,

loved…

back off the edge,

back off the ledge,

back into…

Community.





dreary days, butterflies, and flowers…

12 03 2013

butterfly and flower

 

 

 

 

 

dreary the day is outside my window…

dark,

rainy,

messy…

but I know – deep down – these

dark,

rainy,

messy days

are necessary to birth new life…

butterflies and flowers

could this truth illuminate the

dark,

rainy,

messy days of our life?





Dwelling Beneath the Surface…

2 03 2013

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our spirit’s deep thirst – to move toward Light…

odd, the comfort in dwelling beneath the surface of our life;

dare we risk?

dare we ascend into whom we have been created to truly be?

 

(down in the ice house at Hampton Mansion, Baltimore)