To see God’s hand in everything makes life a great adventure.
At my age, I should realize the fragility of life. However, each time I learn of a friend’s death or serious illness or great tragedy, I am taken aback. The strength shown by these friends (a spouse who loses a husband or wife, a friend diagnosed with a life threatening illness, or any other of life’s tragedies) has bouyed me , and those I should be comforting instead give comfort to me.
Seeing these friends as they encounter very serious situations – continuing their journeys with grace and love and great faith – further establishes the fact that God is here – with us.
“Discretion calls us to pray
before we speak and act.”
I need to be reminded daily to seek
guidance – to seek discernment. Daily.
Speaking and Listening
The Way of Spiritual Direction
By Mary L. Fraser
Words that hold also release
like wood ducks whose mother sound
teaches the young to remember and to go;
the sameness gathers, then later, sends.
This is also like black oak whose leaves fall in spring
after the great gab of maple looses in the fall,
and you are knee-deep in brown, yellow, crimson, wondering what is left to say.
Let’s be recovered to ourselves
speaking only what slight edge
opens a new landscape
welcoming us like Jericho when
three days of silence held God’s thought
until the one shout
broke through the walls.
Let us remember this path in the journey of
I am listening for your intent beneath your
for your possibility hidden in your language.
What do you remember? Where will you go?
What sound gathers and sends you?
What is the season of your loss, the colors of
Speak this to me like ducklings or oaks or maples
Remind me of The One who is Silent, announcing