May 14

Only two posts have happened on this day over the past seven years… and the two make a great pair!

“When I learn to love You
simply because You are love,
I come to accept myself simply
because You made me in love
and You never stop making me.
And when I hold onto this and
let go of every doubt, I find
Your love in everything
and I become love in You
and You become love in me.”

—Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart by Jon M. Sweeney & Mark S. Burrows, p. 51

“The sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” —Hafiz

“Prayer is the presentation of our thoughts— reflective thoughts, as well as daydreams, and night dreams— to the One who receives them in the light of unconditional love, and responds to them with divine compassion.” — Henri Nouwen Meditation

Morning by morning
Your hand of mercy wakes me,
and here comes the sun.

From Terry Hershey’s Sabbath Moment this morning comes this poem:

The Path

When you have followed the map
which is not a map
and created the path with every step
you will traverse the in-ferno,
meet the dragons and find them tame.
You will bathe in
the pool of the past and empty it.
you will cross the desert and
fall in love
with life teeming there
and you will emerge where
the luminous world swoons at your feet, seeking what only you can give.

~Antoinette Voute Roeder (Still Breathing, 2010)

“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

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