Monday, December 19, 2011
My Teal Starred Christmas Tree is literally my little work of art. I had no desire to get a fake tree and the price of a real tree was a wee bit over the limit this year. I am in love with bamboo and came up with a crazy idea to get some red colored bamboo and create my own tree. Up at the top is a Teal star, it glitters and makes me smile. The lights in the center flicker, and it resembles a heart, beating with joy.
My favorite holiday is really Christmas. I love I love I love Christmas. I love the LOVE that sort of lingers in the atmosphere. I'm not going to rattle on and on about why do we focus on doing good deeds just during the holidays, when it needs to be every day.......I just feel like talking a bit.
Like most people, my family is scattered from here to there and we will be celebrating Christmas several times this year. I remember the times long ago, maybe life was much simpler and less frenzied. Our family, like most, has it's share of changes and griefs, and every year it seems it gets harder and harder to see everyone and do all the things you want because we have less time. I just want to shut down for a few weeks and feel the grace of LOVE, be Love, and Rejoice in the coming of the Lord.
Oh well, that's me. If nothing else, a daily siesta to take in the magic would be marvelous.
I do have something on my list this year, besides world peace and a cure for cancer. It has to do with the homeless. My heart aches always when I see that a person has no shelter. How can this be?
Please send up a prayer for them. Pray that someone in their family thinks of them and tries to find them. Pray that they find their way home. Pray that they get the medical attention they need and that they can find a home. It takes an incredible amount of resources to bring anyone from homelessness to working and living a decent life. But it's possible. These lost souls have someone who loves them who can do something to help. If you have some food or a way to help them find shelter, please don't be afraid to help.
I always give what I can when I see a homeless person. They are so alone, especially at this time of year.
I am so thankful to God to be present this year, 2011. I am thankful to God for granting me health care, and for answering prayers for others in my family. Our family has been hit pretty hard this year with medical challenges, and we need a break. Thank you God.
I want to honor all of you who take a moment to listen every now and then, to tell you that I pray, in this time of Holiness, no matter your faith or beliefs, that you are blessed with health, security, love and hope.
Peace and Blessings to each of you this Holy Season.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
THOMAS MERTON (1915-1968)
The Merton Prayer
In Thoughts in Solitude, Part Two, Chapter II consists of fifteen lines that have become known as "the Merton Prayer."
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
- Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
© Abbey of Gethsemani
Thomas Merton came to me in the form of an educational booklet at the SCCA. On a day when I needed help to know that I was moving in the right direction, far from perfect, and just needing to feel love, this prayer was sent to me. It resonates with me and I think with most people.
Faith does not present itself as a provable absolute, but it does present as a deep sense of knowing we are accountable to more than just ourselves.
His parents died of cancer and he struggled to find God. I ask you to read a bit about him and pray that as this Christmas Season continues that you find more peace and faith in your heart.