Some Amazing Silent Prayer

Our reading this Sunday was, “A Poem on Hope,” by Wendell Berry.

When have you experienced light and darkness striking a balance?  Joy and sorrow?  Contentment and want?  I ask this knowing that for many religious and political progressives these days, there is a very real imbalance. And not just in the wider discourse our country is experiencing.  Perhaps that imbalance is in your personal life as well.

But I will ask again.  When have you experienced this balance?  Think long and hard on those moments.  Have you forgotten them?  Has the year been far too unkind to you that memories of days past are no longer as present to you?  Perhaps dig a little deeper and you will find an example.  Maybe you’ve never forgotten.

Today we pause to remember the winter solstice – a day that is all about taking note of the ebb and flow of light and dark, life and death, and the bittersweetness that is our being conscious of our mortality. Read the rest of this entry »