Monday, February 28, 2011

I am a Pilgrim in the world

"In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Heschel: God in Search of Man

"Lift up your eyes and see. How does a man lift up his eyes to see a little higher than himself? The grand premise of religion is that man is able to surpass himself; that man who is part of this world may enter into a relationship with Him who is greater than the world; that man may lift up his mind and be attached to the absolute; that man who is conditioned by a multiplicity of factors is capable of living with demands that are unconditioned. How does one rise above the horizon of the mind? How does one free oneself from the perspectives of ego, group, earth, and age? How does one find a way in this world that would lead to an awareness of Him who is beyond this world?"

Monday, February 14, 2011

lessons in denial, lessons in grace

spring is coming too soon.
the ground was soggy, the air was wet
and my heart is not ready
because seasons match seasons
and this season is still winter.


continually reminded that there is a world outside of myself,
a world full of aching hearts, and desperate people.
what does selflessness truly look like?
and when i look in the mirror,
do i see self
or do i see others?


realizing that the absence of family and home
is a long season.
and longing is a part of life,
because longing sets us on the search
that leads straight into his arms.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

passing, and mourning

she is missed.