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Hear the Snowflake in the Silence

May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air, so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.

– David Steindl-Rast

Wednesday of Hope – Despite Everything . . . Live in Hope

Despite everything, life is full of beauty and meaning.

– Etty Hillesum, Letters from Westerbork

If Etty Hillesum could write this with all she endured, we too can  be women and men of hope, like this sparrow hanging upside down from tender branch in the dead of winter. In 1943 when Etty and her family were placed on a train bound for Auschwitz, she tossed out window a postcard that read, “We have left the camp singing.” She was executed in Auschwitz on November 30, at the age of twenty-nine.

Wednesday of Hope – What Stands Against Us?

Not one single atom opposes us.

– Hongzhi Zhengue

Without Winter?

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so welcome.
– Anne Bradstreet

The Summer within Our Winter

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

– Albert Camus

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The Garden in Winter

The Blessing of Winter

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If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

– Anne Bradstreet

Listen

Listen

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Today is the First Sunday of Lent

In today’s reading from Romans 10:8-13, Paul writes “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.”

We so often look and listen around us for God’s voice – for direction – for wisdom. Could it be that what we need is a little less noise – a little less searching – and a lot more quiet listening to the Spirit who dwells within. How much more intimate can God be than in our mouth and in our hearts?

Listen.