Frankly, despite the small mountain of diplomas in the basement, there are more things to learn!
Calendar issues are big on my list these days.
Not the bank calendar sorts of things. Monday holidays and what-not.
Not even the liturgical year sorts of things. (Which, once upon a time, felt new and strange to me, too!)
For this moment, I’m thinking Solstice. Specifically, in this hemisphere, the winter one which is happening today.
It feels like kind of a perspective thing.
Hard to say. Intuitively, I kind of want to go with Most Mystery! (But I’m no expert, yet.)
Here’s what I do believe…
- Humans mark time. And have for a whole lot longer than we’ve carried calendar apps in our pockets.
- Some things I didn’t learn in nursing school or seminary could be helpful, still!
- Inward time is a necessary balance to outward time.
- I might not be the only one who needs some re-charging.
The reason I think we need re-charging is that there is still more living to do!
And the world needs more of us who make space for noticing and wondering.
For awe, even!
And this feels like a good night for that! (Even if it happens to be cold and wet where you are!)
In case you’re wondering, yes… the paintings are whispering, again!
The one at the top is officially known as Winged Horses! (aka…The Legendary Husband’s Painting, which is to say that it’s Bill’s favorite. And, yes, it has a legend!)
Once upon a time, two writers were talking together about the books they were working on.
One of them asked the other about his reference to winged horses.
The rather surprising answer went something like this: Jesus didn’t come to make people look nice and behave themselves.
Jesus came to make whole new creatures where once there were broken people.
This, many people believe, was a reference to the image in the biblical book, Revelation, of winged horses, like the mythical Pegasus.
Not well-trained regular horses, but whole new creatures!
Perhaps you are wondering how I know such a story…
Well, deep in the midst of my Color of Woman Talisman journey, I had a dream about winged horses and, when I looked up the symbolism, this story is what I learned.
An old story which is “both true and might actually have happened.”
And the legendary writers?
C.S. Lewis speaking with J.R.R. Tolkien. Really!
Now, I’m not suggesting that Tolkien and Lewis were chatting about the Solstice, all those years ago.
Or that the Solstice is about Jesus.
I am suggesting that it might well take whole new people, changed by Love, to get the world to a better place!
So, I’ll be spending some time, in these next few weeks reflecting, intentionally, on the question of what the world needs now, and how I can help!
In fact, I have a helper!
And, yes, her name is What the World Needs Now!
ps… just in case you’re on board with What the World Needs Now! I have a Solstice offer… The original canvas is available for adoption at the very special price of $555!!! I’ll gladly add the dedication of your choice to the back of the canvas. Act fast… this offer is only good through Christmas Day! (And there’s only one!)
pps… it’s not just your imagination! Some experts say that the 555 angel number suggests that significant change is imminent. She’ll help!
ppps… tonight I listened to Ukrainian President Zelensky address a joint session of the US Congress. It is, on this long night, going to take a whole lot of people changed by Love to bring light and peace. May we actually be them!