Monday, November 29, 2010

Quote of the day

"Every human interaction offers you the chance to make things better or to make things worse. 
To decide to make things better can cost you bundles of self-interest.  
To decide to make things worse generally feels a lot more powerful.  
The only problem is that the power rolls away from you like a rogue wave
as the person you slammed into finds someone else to slam into, and so on, and so on.  
The good news is that you can set off the same sort of chain reaction with unwarranted kindness.  Kindness is not a bad religion, no matter what name you use for God."

from An Altar in the World
by Barbara Brown Taylor, p. 114-115.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wouldn't it be nice?

"Wouldn't it be wonderful
if Advent came filled with angels and alleluias?

Wouldn't it be perfect
if we were greeted on these December mornings
with a hovering of heavenly hosts
tuning their harps and brushing up on their fa-la-la's?
Wouldn't it be incredible
if their music filled our waking hours
with the promise of peace on earth
and if each Advent night we dreamed of nothing but goodwill?
Wouldn't we be ecstatic
if we could take those angels shopping,
or trim the tree, or have them hold our hands
and dance through our houses decorating?
And oh, how glorious it would be
to sit in church next to an angel
and sing our hark-the-heralds!
What an Advent that would be!
What Christmas spirit we could have!
An angel-filled Advent has so many possibilities!

But in lieu of that,
perhaps we can give thanks
for the good earthy joys we have been given
and for the earthly "angels" that we know
who do such a good job of filling
our Advent with alleluias!
Ann Weems from Kneeling in Bethlehem, p. 16

Monday, November 22, 2010

Quote of the day

"Repentance is not the same as remorse or regret. It is not listing all the ways things could have gone differently. It is not wishing you were a better person, that some things had never happened, that bad things wouldn’t keep happening to you. It’s not feeling guilty or ashamed. It’s not feeling afraid. It’s not something that leaves us stuck, or standing still, or spinning in circles, going nowhere. Repentance is about movement, letting yourself be grasped by God, getting new bearings, and relying on God for directions. The new life that follows repentance, the new direction that comes with a fresh start is what John was proclaiming in the wilderness. John’s message is a call to action: repent, turn around, accept help. God is coming to meet you on a road in the wilderness."  The Rev. Amy E. Richter

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Quote of the day

"The Buddha compared getting angry
with picking up hot coals with bare hands
and trying to throw them at one's enemy. Who gets burnt first?
The one who's picking up the coals, of course - the one who is angry.
We may not even hit the target we are aiming at,
because if that person is clever and practiced enough, he'll duck -  
and we shall still have burnt hands." 
- Ayya Khema

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Do you know me?

I've been drowning in administration lately and haven't had the time, energy, or freedom to write like I have wanted.  But as I prepare for Advent liturgies, I came across this and thought it was worth sharing.