There is a Place
where the Trees dream.
If you go there
with Your Secrets.
All will be Laid Bare
among the Branches
there Nothing can Hide
the Forest is Truth
do Not be Afraid!
The Trees are Life
The Trees are Gentle
They’ll take Your Heart
And Return it Whole.
You’ll wish to Die there
You Will Live there
Even when You leave
You’ll be There still.
Day after Solstice
We take it on faith that the days are getting longer
though the nights seem as dark and the air seems as cold
We choose to believe that the light’s getting stronger
although all it sounds like a quaint fairytale of old.
We do not sigh or yearn for the simple old times
though it is always tempting to polish up the past
We instead choose to live, to embrace the darkling day
though our faith needs sharpening and our kindness won’t last
We know that this darkness brings some tests of courage
through the cold we prevail though our hearts are undone
We put our feet to the path, wave farewell to the summer
though this journey is ended, a new one has begun.
Some of the saints in my life don’t look very saintly
examined under the lens of churchly piety
But I tell you that with their words and deeds
with their loving hearts and helping hands
They have shown me more of God than any prayer book
and given me more Grace than any hymn.
Algunos de los santos de mi vida no son muy piadoso
Mirado con la piedad ordinaria
Pero les digo que con sus palabras y hechos
Con sus corazones amorosos y ayudando a las manos
A mí se ha revelado a Dios más que cualquier en los libros de oraciones
Y para mí se ha dado más gracia que cualquier himno.
(Please forgive my beginner’s Spanish!/Lo siento por mi principiante español)
Lent (Photo credit: Our Lady of Disgrace)
Although I have participated in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox faiths along with a brief visit to Protestantism, I now follow my own religious path. I’ve been keeping Lent regardless of my religious affiliation (or lack thereof) my entire life. Lent is a powerful season for me, with a lot of deep, personal meaning. I have no desire to convert anyone. I invite you to celebrate Lent with me, whatever Lent might mean to you. You are welcome here, whatever your religious affiliation or lack thereof. If you’ve never celebrated Lent, this might be an opportunity to give it a try.
Because our religious conversations online tend to be combative and unhelpful, I ask you to be especially kind and generous and careful with each other in any comments you might make to this post. Proselytizers will be banned or sold to alien space-slavers, depending on how cranky I feel on the day I read them.