Sunday, January 25, 2015

Only This Moment

One of the Christmas cards that I received, which became a get well card, had an apt quote from Francis Bacon: "We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake."
This insight is a great comfort to me now as I find myself frustrated about not being able to think about the future.  Now is a good time for me to learn to live in the present moment.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Restless Nights

I used to think that when someone was sick the night brought rest.  That has not been my experience in the hospitals and often since I came home.  I would wake often and long for the dawn.
In looking ahead at some future Mass readings here's one from Job 7 that I could own:
"Troubled nights have been allotted to me.
  If in bed I say 'When shall I arise?'
  then the night drags on
  I am filled with restlessness until the dawn." 
Thank God lately I have been having mostly rest-full nights.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Unknown Future

A quote on the calendar from Ministry of  the Arts said: "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
When I look ahead I see a few doctors' appointments, but it's hard to think much beyond that.  This picture of full summer holds promise, but swimming and lying in the sun seems a dream.  I feel like I'm drifting.  I do trust God.  Maybe all God wants is a drifter.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Time Is Ripe

Near the beginning of Mark's Gospel Jesus says what he is all about, "The time is ripe.  God's Rule is at hand.  Change your lives and believe in the Good News."
Spring breaks out at the ripe time.  In Jesus God's Rule will come to completion in our world.  Jesus within us shares with us his ability to always want what God wants.
Thanks to Bill For a New Beginning  by John O'Donahue.  The opening lines take on new meaning for me in the light of my recent surgery:
"In the out-of-the-way places of the heart
 Where your mind never thinks to wander
 This beginning has been quietly forming
 Waiting until you were ready to emerge...."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Putting Away Christmas

I couldn't think of anything more the opposite of Christmas than my favorite swimming hole in June in Dolly Sods.
I played the last of my 75 Christmas CDs yesterday.  Since I had not put up any decorations before the heart attack, there was nothing to take down. 
The music did help me to reflect on Love taking on human flesh and making his home among us.  Because he is truly one with all of us Jesus gathers our pain into his own and makes it part of his redemptive suffering.  Love, Who love us. thank You.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Out of the Whale's Belly

I find the story of Jonah and the Whale amusing, even funny, though it makes several serious points, mainly that God wants to save every human being.
It inspired Carl Sandburg to write the following poem, which echoes my own experience:
"If I should pass the tomb of Jonah
  I would stop there and sit for awhile;
 Because I was swallowed one time deep in the dark
 And came out alive after all."

Thursday, January 15, 2015


An excellent day so far.  I'm  getting around the house very well.  The physical therapist had me do stairway Tuesday.  Head infection seems almost over. 
I read a chapter of a novel without losing concentration.  So I tried centering prayer and that went well.
Love, Who love us, thank You.