May 19

Plot twist.

Over the past couple weeks I’ve been noticing an absence of images as I’ve created these posts. At first I was thinking that I must have had some dry journaling spells. Well, it turns out that Facebook memories no longer share from every year. Dang it.

It’s definitely not as easy scrolling through my 2300+ images in Instagram, searching for the ones shared on this day. I’ve also lost the easy ability to copy and paste the text that inspired the image.

I’ll give it a try and see how it goes…

“Take note of this, Eckhart!
The more you let go
of what you think
is yours,
is the way toward seeing
how it never was.
And the more you shed
that self and its agenda,
the more you will
see a spark
of God grow,
filling you.”

—Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart, Jon M. Sweeney & Mark S. Burrows, p. 110

“With sophisticated technology, we strive to see what is beyond us, but are often blind to the myriad sparkling facets that lie so close at hand. We think we’re seeing when we’ve only scratched the surface. Our acuity at this middle scale seems diminished, not by any failing of the eyes, but by the willingness of the mind. … [H]ave we become dismissive of what takes no technology but only time and patience to perceive?” —an excerpt from Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer


Grateful for the good news I heard today at Fabric.


“Time inhales, and I am suspended in that space between breaths.” —Mirabai Starr, Wild Mercy


Steeped in love, our hearts become light….pondering the words of Teilhard de Chardin + the practice of Visio Divina


“Creative God, your fingerprints mark all creation. As you continue to move through our world and through our hearts, give us new eyes to see your presence among us. Help us to look for your grace and mercy in each new day. Renew in us your call to show your living, breathing love to the world. By the springing forth of your Spirit, bless us to be creative and faithful as we proclaim your promise of new life to all the ends of the earth. In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.” -Rev. Melissa Johnson Bills, prayer from the devotions to prepare participants for the Tenth Triennial Gathering of the Women of the ELCA




Spending some time today thinking about how the language of the Spirit is also unleashed through the fruits of the Spirit.

“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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