Gathered Wisdom, Jan. 10, 2023

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

Unclench your fists.
Hold out your hands.
Take mine.
Let us hold each other…
Glory Manifest.

– “Epiphany,” Madeleine L’Engle

Following the Epiphany Light

The magi of the Epiphany were compelled to follow the strange star that appeared in the night sky, leaving familiar territory for places that were unknown and uncomfortable. Is God calling you to follow a new road? The journey will require humility, letting go, and moving bravely in a new direction. But it may take you to an encounter with Christ. Join us for “Following the Epiphany Light, online from Jan. 9 to 23. Get the details –

Sunday Musings

Genuine friendship was one of the greatest losses we’ve suffered from COVID, says Diana Butler Bass. People got out of the habit of going to parties, having lunch with friends, and going to church. With church attendance already in decline, COVID exacerbated the problem.

Read the essay.

From The Cottage.

A Revelation of Heaven on Earth

In the end we will not all go to heaven, heaven will come to us. Not in the great by-and-by, but in our ordinary lives.

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation.

A Blessing for Learning to Let Go and Hold On

“living in the present is nice in theory. except when you are in pain.

so let’s bless that tension, the push pull of wanting to let go, sometimes needing to let go, and also needing to hold on.”

Read the rest of the blessing.

From Kate Bowler.

The Work Of Christmas In Epiphany

Theologian Howard Thurman says that the work of Christmas continues. After all the celebration on December 25, we are reminded that the real opportunity is before us.

Read the short reflection.

From Joanna Seibert.

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