Wounded Healer Though I Be

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Today in the midst of this season of festivity, I want to acknowledge those who are feeling deep sorrow and loss – – those who are steeped in darkness and despair. I am deeply moved by all that is happening in your lives and in the world and how difficult it can be to move through this holiday time with even a glimmer of hope.

It has been just over twenty years since I experienced poisoning by pesticides in my work place. I fell into darkness and despair when my health crashed and I lost my life and dreams as I had known them. I have lived through the challenges of finding my way through the shadows – – wounded healer though I be. I say HEALER, for although I am not “cured”, this experience has offered the gift of healing in many ways. I have had the opportunity of Learning to Walk in the Dark (the title of Barbara Brown Taylor’s popular book).

Today I just want to sit with you in the dark days of your longings.
The words from a meaningful song come to mind.

“I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.”

Today I sit in quiet stillness and hold the Christ Light for you and for the world.

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Here are more words from the song to reflect on:

Sister, let me be your servant.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey.
We are brothers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony
Born of all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, let me be your servant.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.

~ Richard Gillard

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A Book Of HOPE

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Dearly Friends,

One spiritual practice I have loved using for many years is
creating my own personal small books of reflections.
You may enjoy making your own during this time of Advent.
The days of November 29 to December 5 focus on HOPE.
During this time, jot down all that comes into your life that
reminds you of HOPE:
words, poems, prayers, stories, images, visions, sacred scriptures that excite and inspire you with a sense of hopefulness.

If you gather together all the things that bring you HOPE and create a little book, you will have this to go back to encourage you in times of difficulty, despair and hopelessness.

You can jot these down on your computer or in a little note pad that you carry with you.

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I like to make Word Cards while I’m creating my little books.
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I simply use paper or note cards (of any size or color you choose), held together by a metal ring or piece of string. This gives flexibility because it allows you to re-organize the thoughts and pictures, or remove any you decide are not necessary. Later, you can transfer these to a more permanent Book of HOPE. (Like little notebooks purchased from a Dollar Store).

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May HOPE be in your heart and mind this day,

Anna Lin

 

A Thousand Years of Healing

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From whence my hope, I cannot say,
except it grows in the cells of my skin,
in my envelope of mysteries it hums.
In this sheath so akin to the surface of the earth
it whispers. Beneath
the wail and dissonance in the world,
hope’s song grows. Until I know
that with this turning
we put a broken age to rest.
We who are alive at such a cusp
now usher in
one thousand years of healing! Continue reading

Walking In The Light

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The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.   Isaiah 9:2

Although these words of Isaiah were written thousands of years ago, they are still relevant today. They remind us that people have always been aware of the dark side of humanity in which terror, fear, and uncertainty for one’s survival has been present. Some have a doomsday mentality and think that all is lost. Some say: “Well, this world doesn’t really matter anyway. Our goal is to get to heaven.”

Beloved friends, could you look deep into the ancient words and discover that our world does matter to God? It does matter that people are oppressed. It matters that there are people working to restore human love and dignity. It matters that we care for creation with tender compassion and not abuse. This Advent season is a time to reflect upon a God that says that what happens here really does matter.

The Advent season is a time of preparation to receive the God who says we matter. When we take an honest look at what is happening in the world today, we cannot help but see it as a time of darkness in which we long for light to come. We sing the words: O come, O come, Emmanuel – – Emmanuel meaning God with us. We long for the God of great compassionate love who comes to be among us and live in us and through us and as us.

This is the promise of Christmas; this is the Hope to which we are called:
that the God who says we matter came to earth as a child born in Bethlehem to shine the light that we too may live as “little Christs”, living with the help of God’s Presence with us every day.

Arise, shine, for your light has come ~ ~ ~ Jesus is the Light of the world, and so are we! Let your light so shine.

A link that goes deeper into this theme, by C.S. Lewis:

http://creedalchristian.blogspot.ca/2010/10/c-s-lewis-on-becoming-little-christs.html

Some Bible passages for more reflection:

Isaiah 60:1;  Matthew 4:16;  John 8:12 “I am the light of the world . . .”
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world . . “

There Is Always Hope

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In the Divine Mystery of darkness and light, there is always HOPE

HOPE is:
Light
Alluring sunshine
In the Inauthentic “happiness”
There is Dark
Fear in the unknown shadows
Terror in the disclosure of internal pain
I know darkness so consuming that only eternal sleep will relieve the relentless pain
Even when light is not visible
Knowing that the dawn will come
Knowing that in the light the deepest shadows open
Walking in the promise of light
Means knowing that the dark will return
Nights where the moon sheds light on the path
And moonless nights where stepping out blindly from a faith you knew not you possessed
Knowing
Always , always , always,
The dawn will come .

~ Thank you, Anne Kern, for permission to share your poem today

What Gives The Greatest Hope For Your Life?

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As the glorious warmth of the sun
nurtures all beings,
so shall we spread rays of hope
in the hearts of the lost and lonely;
give an encouraging word to those who despair;
bring light and peace to those who are afraid.

Our lives are full of opportunities to give hope
to those who yearn for God’s healing grace.
What joy comes to those who share this gift today.

 

Going Deeper ~ ~ ~

Living As People Of HOPE

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

What gives the greatest hope for your life? Continue reading

Wounded Healer Though I Be

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Today in the midst of this season of festivity, I want to acknowledge those who are feeling deep sorrow and loss – – those who are steeped in darkness and despair. I am deeply moved by all that is happening in your lives and in the world and how difficult it can be to move through this holiday time with even a glimmer of hope.

Last month marked twenty years since I experienced poisoning by pesticides in my work place. I fell into darkness and despair when my health crashed and I lost my life and dreams as I had known them. I have lived through the challenges of finding my way through the shadows – – wounded healer though I be. I say HEALER, for although I am not “cured”, this experience has offered the gift of healing in many ways. I have had the opportunity of Learning to Walk in the Dark (the title of Barbara Brown Taylor’s popular book).

Today I just want to sit with you in the dark days of your longings.
The words from a meaningful song come to mind.

“I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.”

Today I sit in quiet stillness and hold the Christ Light for you and for the world.

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Here are the rest of the words to the song if you would like to reflect on them:

Sister, let me be your servant.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.

We are pilgrims on a journey.
We are brothers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony
Born of all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, let me be your servant.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.

Advent ~ Day 3: Our Hope And Expectation

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At this time of year children are waiting with expectation, hoping that what they wrote down on their Christmas list will be under the tree on Christmas morning.

Dear Santa, Please give me a doll this year. I would like her to eat, walk, talk, and sing. Thank you, your friend, Suzie

Dear Santa, I would like one of everything from the boy’s section of the Sears catalog. I can’t wait for you to come. Love, Bobby

As we grow older, our hopes and dreams for Christmas mature, and we wish for peace on earth, good will to all people. We hope that all will be fed, and that violence will stop. We wish for love between friends and harmony within families.

Phillips Brooks, who composed the Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” once wrote: “The coming of the Lord has been the inspiration of the Christian world. The power of any life lies in its expectancy.”

As long as we hope, there is the expectation that things will be different.
But when people lose all hope, there is despair and actions of violence.

The people of Jesus’ day longed for the Messiah. They expected he would be a powerful king who would come and save them from their desperate
lives under the rule of the Romans. But instead, God sent a humble servant in Jesus, who showed us that the way to create the kingdom of God on earth is to transform our lives from within. With the help of the Holy Spirit WE become the ones who will make the changes necessary to make a difference in the world.

Whose life will be transformed because the love of Jesus appears through
you in some act of compassion during these days of Advent? Let that be your most important gift this Christmas. WE are the ones we have been waiting for.

Prayer ~
Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear!
Arise, Thou sun so longed for, over this benighted sphere!
With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see
The day of earth’s redemption that sets your people free.