Gathered Wisdom, April 19

A weekly curated collection of essays, poetry, and reflections for your spiritual journey.  From The Wisdom Years.

Just opening quietly for moments every day

can create a path by which life can reach us,

the way rain carves a little stream in the earth

by which the smallest flowers are watered.

-Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways To Listen

From Well for the Journey

Exploring Sophia –
Our Next Online Study and Gathering

They call her name Sophia – the feminine characteristic of God known as wisdom. How to find wisdom, how to incorporate it into our lives is the subject of our next online study, beginning May 12. We will read The Star in my Heart by Joyce Rupp on our own, then gather weekly for discussion (Thursdays, 4 pm. Central time) by Zoom.

For the details, go here. 

Where to Find Resurrection

Does it have to end like this? Is the crucifixion inevitable? Is the dream dead? Yes, but resurrection always trumps crucifixion, says Ron Rolheiser. “While nothing that’s of God will avoid crucifixion, no body of Christ stays in the tomb for long,” he says.

Read the essay.

About Ron Rolheiser.

A Feast of Hope

Easter is an announcement of a common hope, says Richard Rohr. Easter is “the feast of hope, direction, purpose, meaning, and community. We’re all in this together.” As we say in the funeral liturgy, “life is not ended, but changed.”

Read the essay.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty

Life is full of unknowns; we can meet that with fear because we are not in control, or we can meet it with expectation about what wonderful surprise will show up. “When we practice grateful living,” says Kristi Nelson of Network for Grateful Living, “we create a welcoming space for the surprise of uncertainty, knowing that it arrives naturally in each of those moments when we truly take nothing for granted.”

Read the essay.

Found in Daily Good.

A Blessing for When You Want to Change

“God, I carry around this incompleteness, 
this drive for fulfillment that always 
seems just around the corner. If only I could 
get it together and find my true calling, 
my real passion, or the right plan.”

Read the rest of this blessing and others.

From Kate Bowler website.

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