Gathered Wisdom, May 17, 2022

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


The wise act not out of fear, but in anticipation and trust of the good. Be courageous. Step out to take risks. Live your ordinary life to be a blessing with what you’ve been given: time, talent, treasure – all gift, all grace. Risk trust as you participate in life.

-Br. Luke Ditewig

Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Agent Of Illumination

A New York City bus driver reaches out his hand to receive everyone’s troubles as they exit the bus, and the general crankiness of the passengers is lifted.

Read the story.

From Awakin.

The God Beyond What We Know

The desert elders frequently engaged in the “prayer of quiet” – no words, no images, no intercessions, just settling into God’s presence. It is a way of knowing God, not learning about God.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

Kindness Unites Paperchain

What do all children know how to do? Make a paperchain.  The one in this video is the effort of Kids for Peace, a project that was formed during the COVID pandemic. Contributions to the chain came from every state in the US and 6 continents. It is 18 miles of kindness and encouragement.

Watch the video.

From Karma Tube.

As Way Opens

Proceed as way opens, say the Quakers. Instead of jumping to a decision, see what unfolds. Pause, check in with your heart and your own deep knowing. Proceeding as way opens, says Carrie Newcomer, means that life has a holy rhythm. 

Read the reflection.

From Network for Grateful Living.

Exporing Sophia/Seeking Wisdom

Can spiritual growth occur in darkness as well as light? Yes, says author Joyce Rupp in The Star in My Heart. We explore it in our study of wisdom literature, now on our webpage. Follow on your own or use for congregational study.

If you want to join the Zoom group that gathers Thursdays at 4 pm (Central time), send an email to Marjorie George at

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