February 15


For sixty years, I have been forgetful every moment, But not for a second has this flowing toward me stopped or slowed. Today, I recognize that I am the guest, The one the mystics talk about. I play this living music for my Host. —Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks

Opening to the Yes that sings my soul and letting the music play on.


“Liberation is found in fully giving into the spirit of the cross in total vulnerability. … It is in practicing the miracles of the cross of death that you are transfigured into a new earth and a new heaven. I am love even when mind and heart are sad.” ~Tarek Abuata, Keeping Watch Together Lenten Reader

In referring to the Eucharist, Gena Davis in YogaMass writes, “It is the moment that strengthens me wholeheartedly, and each time it makes my heart feel grounded, free, and glad, like the feeling of coming home.”


“Hope fills us with the strength to stay present, to abide in the flow of the Mercy no matter what storms assail us. It is entered always and only through surrender; that is, through the willingness to let go of everything we are presently clinging to. And yet when we enter it, it enters us and fills us with its own life–a quiet strength beyond anything we have ever known.” ~Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope


“Jessica told us her story in the barren, cramped home where she welcomed us in San Pedero Sula, Honduras. … the story of what happened to her and her children as they attempted to flee the poverty, violence and hopelessness of her country. … she struggles with how she will feed her family every day and keep them safe from the nearby gangs. Then she talked about her faith, about a God who walks with her, who knows poverty, who will never leave her. … Her children made big hearts on red construction paper during our conversation. Inside the cards they wrote love letters and handed them to us, with hugs, on the way out the door. It was Valentine’s Day.”~The Rev. Stephen P. Bouman, ELCA


Help me out here, my French-speaking friends: apparently there is a word in French that means having the habitual attitude of being inwardly inclined to welcome what this image describes. Does anyone know what that word in French is?


from an inward/outward devotion that I read yesterday… couldn’t resist journaling it

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