Gathered Wisdom, Feb. 21, 2023

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

Dreams give your soul wings. And images from dreams are the exquisite patterns on the wings. Hold your dream images as you would hold a butterfly — in your open, quiet palms, … gently enough so that they still can fly.

-Jill Mellick, The Art of Dreaming: Tools for Creative Dream Work

The Way of Sabbath

What if we thought of the fourth commandment as an invitation rather than a command? Would that change how we celebrate Sabbath? In The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel teaches that Sabbath is a sanctification of time, not place.

Join us for our study.
The Way of Sabbath starts February 23.

Get the details here.

What I Regret Most Are Failures of Kindness

What does American writer George Saunders regret the most about his life? Being unkind to a little girl in the seventh grade, as he tells a graduating class.

Read the speech transcript.

From Daily Good.

Mercy, Justice, and Walking Humbly

What does God require of us? He tells us through His prophet Micah: “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Scholar and retreat leader Megan McKenna unpacks what that means in her reflection.

Read the reflection.

From the Center for Action and Contemplation.

God’s Quiet Presence in Our Lives

Most of the time, God’s presence within us and in our world is not dramatic. We mistake that for God’s absence. However, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser, “God lies inside us as an invitation that fully respects our freedom, never overpowers us; but also never goes away.”

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

Being Nice Isn’t The Same As Being  Kind

Being kind means caring. It means making an effort, says Donna Cameron. It is different from being nice. You can be nice but still reserved. You can be helpful but not warm and welcoming.

Read the reflection.

From Awakin.

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The Way of Sabbath

On Our Website starting February 23

and Gathering by Zoom

Thursdays, 4 to 5:15 pm (Central time)

February 23 to March 23

Pulling from the wisdom of The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel, we will look at Sabbath not as a set of rules for one day of the week, but as a model for living all the days of the week.

Our time with friends and family on the Sabbath can make us more sensitive to the needs of other human beings.  Celebrating the grandeur and beauty of nature on Sabbath, we are made more sensitive to the needs of the earth and reminded that God calls us to serve as co-creators of a just and compassionate world. Time for silence on the Sabbath shows us the value of solitude and silence every day. As we celebrate Sabbath, we can carry with us something of the sabbath through the rest of the week.

Sabbath, says Abraham Heschel, is not only a day of detachment from material things. “It is a day of attachment to the spirit.”

Together we will read The Sabbath by Heschel, then gather on Thursdays from 4 to 5:15 (Central time) for conversation by Zoom.

The study material will also be posted on the Wisdom Years website for use by congregations, small groups, or individual study.

There is no cost for the study. Participants will need to buy their own book: The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel, publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

To indicate your interest in this offering or if you have questions, please send an email to Marjorie George at or to 

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