Wednesday, March 24, 2010

iPhone Diary Series: Lent

iPhone Diary: 12 March 2010

Letting go and sacrificing, along with accepting and embracing, seem like flip sides of the same coin. Reflecting on All That Is Sacred in my life, I simply flip the coin to discover a remarkable perspective . . . both sides are visible simultaneously when the curse is embraced as a healing miracle, and the miracle is accepted both as transitory and as automatically leading to new challenges.

--Suzanne Shelton Livingston
 from Gifts from Within: Women's Meditations for Lent

Friday, March 19, 2010

iPhone Diary Series: Lent


iPhone Diary: 12 March 2010
When you open up your life to the living
All things come spilling in on you
And you're flowing like a river
the Changer and the Changed
You've got to spill some over
Spill some over
Spill some over
Over all

Filling up and spilling over
It's an endless waterfall
Filling up and spilling over
Over all
--Waterfall lyrics by Cris Williamson

Sunday, March 14, 2010

iPhone Diary Series: Lent

iPhone Diary: 24 July 2009

All moments are now in the kingdom of heaven, where all are in Christ and Christ is all in all. All, as in everything: everyone, every time, every place. Everything. You and me: all we are and ever were and ever shall be.

It always surprises me that more people don't grasp what good news this is for us. It's more than an interesting mathmatical puzzle: it's eternal life. We're not trapped here, bleakly and endlessly counting our mounting losses. We -- and they-- are folded into God's now, and this is true right now. That moment you wish you could have again still exists. And so does the one you haven't had yet, the hidden one for which you wait. So do all our yesterdays, and all our tomorrows.

--Barbara Crafton
The Almost Daily eMo from Geranium Farm


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

iPhone Diary Series: Lent

iPhone Diary: 27 February 2010

Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul?
    and why are you so disquieted within me?

Put your trust in God;
    for I will yet give thanks to him,
    who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

--Psalm 42:14-15

Saturday, March 6, 2010

iPhone Diary Series: Lent

                                                        iPhone Diary: 21 December 2009

Do you know what the answer for loneliness is? Solitude! No one would have ever imagined it, but I promise you it is true.

In solitude, we are able to let Reality/God define us from the inside out. We stop looking outside of ourselves for diversions, entertainment, or real satisfaction. It is the birth of the soul. When we keep looking outside of ourselves, we always and forever need another then another diversion.

In solitude we slowly learn to live face to face with a Presence that asks nothing of us but presence in return. It is too good to be true. This is the birth of the soul.

--Fr. Richard Rohr
February 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

iPhone Diary Series: Lent

iPhone Diary: 15 February 2010


O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer;
     by night as well, but I find no rest.

I am poured out like water;
    all my bones are out of joint;
      my heart within my breast is melting wax.

My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
    my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth,
      and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

Be not far away, O God;
    you are my strength; hasten to help me.

To you alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship;
    all who go down to the dust fall before you.

My soul shall live for you;
    my descendants shall serve you;
      they shall be known as yours for ever.

They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn
    the saving deeds that you have done.

--Psalm 22: 2, 14-15, 18, 28-30
The Saint Helena Psalter