Another New Beginning…

 In Reflections

“As new light streams out of the darkness, we open wide our hearts to the healing light of your Encircling Presence. Open our eyes to the opportunities this day has to offer.”
–Macrina Wiederkehr, excerpt from a prayer found in her book, Seven Sacred Pauses

January felt like it went on forever, as I slogged through the days. The bright moments of delight, like our time with Mary Earle last Thursday, helped me get through, but I must admit I feel more joy than usual about the new beginning the arrival of February offers.

Conversations with others assured me I wasn’t alone in my reflection on the month of January 2022. Wisdom from spiritual leaders like Macrina Wiederkehr remind us we always have an opportunity to begin again each day, month, season, or year. These thresholds keep the flame of hope alive and the chance for creative possibilities to spark into life.

When I turned the calendar page (yes, I still love printed calendars), this quote appeared: “Wherever you are is the entry point” by Kabir.

Is there something in your life (a month, a day, an experience) you’re ready to turn the page on or enter into anew? Perhaps the arrival of February or the rising sun will inspire you to enter and move forward with hope.

May the transition to a new month spark new possibilities for you in whatever part of your life you most need them.

 

Doing Better

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
― Maya Angelou

Is there something you now know better, so you can do better in February?

O Source of Morning’s Brightness…

“As new light streams out of the darkness, we open wide our hearts to the healing light of your Encircling Presence. Open our eyes to the opportunities this day has to offer. Surprise us with small joys and pieces of beauty scattered through the hours. O Beautiful Presence, help us this day to taste the joy of being awake. May this simple prayer come true in our lives today. Amen.”
― Macrina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses, one of a choice of beautiful prayers offered for “the awakening hour”.
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