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A Special Place

IMG_1557Roughly 11 miles from home down a curvy road leading to the woods where the only sounds are bird songs is a special place.

IMG_8977Arriving at this little cottage slows my heart and calms my spirit.

IMG_1555I love walking beneath the arbor where the sweet smell of roses perfumes the air.

IMG_1556All around is a profusion of colorful blooms that last until leaves fall and there is a hint of frost.

IMG_1558They are tended by the same loving hands that know all the secrets of my body.

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Carrying outside images in my head, I enter the cottage, take the stairs to the second level and nestle on the massage table beneath a light cover. I close my eyes and a peacefulness washes over me as I await the touch of those hands.

As they begin their work relieving the tightness and tension of muscle and joints, my mind stills.

I breathe. I sometimes cry softly when I remember my brother or a friend or wonder how to resolve a troubling brokenness that from time to time occurs in the family.  The hands stroke my hair with understanding.

Two hours fly by and when they are over I am renewed and so appreciative of those tender loving hands that exist in this very special place.

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What’s Ahead?

2017, a new year that has gotten here faster than I would have wished.  Now that it’s in place, like many of you, I’m wondering what’s ahead.  Is it more exercise, less food and drink, you know, the things we always swear to address?  Experience has taught me that resolutions are something I rarely keep, at least not all of them, so I don’t make them anymore.

img_8444Today, I was in Pier One checking out its Christmas sale.   Walking out empty handed, this sign caught my eye. Before pulling out my iPhone to snap a photo, I thought about the words and how they could well define my goals for 2017.  There’s nothing here that requires sacrifice, but that doesn’t mean there is no challenge.  That being said I’m going to start now incorporating these words into the way I live.  Maybe they will work for you, too.

Happy New Year!

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Beauty of Words

MW 1A man born blind can easily deny the magnificence of a vast landscape.

He can easily deny all the wonders that he cannot touch, smell, taste, or hear.

But one day the wind will show its kindness and remove the tiny patches that cover your eyes, and you will see God more clearly than you have ever seen yourself.

Meister Eckhart

I hope today you experience all that your senses allow.

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To Do or Not?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATumbling out of bed in the morning, it is left rumpled and mussed.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe duvet rests untidily on a chair.

Making the bed is not my first priority. No, I head to the kitchen for that first cup of coffee and then settle in a comfortable chair to read a favorite poet (Billy Collins) or have a few quiet moments before starting the day.

bedroomWhen I return to the bedroom to get dressed, that messy bed screams to be tidied and I spend the few minutes it takes to put it back together.  

bedroomAll done, the room takes on an aura of calmness.  I like knowing that tonight when I return to the bed the sheets will be pulled tight and the blanket smoothed.  Those are simple things that give me inner peace.

bedroomMay I tell you the hubby would be just as happy if the bed were not made and all the pillows did not have to be removed night after night!

How about you, where does bed making rate on your list?

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A Really Good Friday

St Paul'sFriday is not a day a protestant typically goes to church, but in the tradition of the Christian religion, Good Friday is a special day of remembering.

St. Paul'sI love going to church on this day, not only because of the message but because the windows are open letting in the sounds of the city.  Bird songs filter in as do the sounds of traffic passing and construction going on outside this midtown location.  Together all the sounds make everything seem more real.

St. Paul'sThe organ is silent, yet beautiful  choir voices fill the sanctuary, 

St. Paul'sand chandeliers are dimmed to enhance the drama of the service as well as to allow natural light to filter in.

St. Paul'sIn a moment of silence, the bells peal from on high and make my heart go quiet.

Rothko ChapelAfter the service, I had an urge to go to the Rothko Chapel.  While it is one of Houston’s must see places because of the 14 panels of dark hued Rothko paintings hanging there, it is also a peaceful environment for quiet meditation.  There one can think undisturbed and be aware of how important loving one another, peace and social justice are today.  Isn’t that what Jesus was about?

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Reassuring Words

The last turkey sandwich has been eaten, visiting relatives have returned home, Thanksgiving goes into the memory bank.  Right behind it is the craziness of Christmas, only 23 days away.  Those 23 days will be filled with decorating and parties and food and shopping and present wrapping.  While there is much joy to the season, it can also be stressful and sometimes a little sad as we think about people who are no longer with us or family members who will be celebrating the holidays away from home.

As I was thinking about the days ahead and hoping to keep them in perspective, I came across these words saved and then forgotten in the bottom of my purse.    

I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.

I believe in love, even when feeling it not.

I believe in God, even when God is silent.

Somehow they gave me comfort and reassured me that no day is one we cannot get through.  I hope the same is true for you no matter how you spend the next 23 days.

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Quiet Beauty

There are beautiful cathedrals all over the world that people flock to by the thousands.

St. PaulsI doubt that St. Paul’s in Houston is on many people’s must see list, but to me it is as lovely as any cathedral anywhere.

St. PaulsBy today’s standards it is an old building as it was constructed nearly 100 years ago thanks to the generosity of some of Houston’s then leading citizens.  The craftsmanship would be hard to duplicate and if it were possible it would be at great expense.

St. PaulsThe bell tower has real bells operated by real people, and on Sunday mornings their sound fills the air.

St. PaulsBecause of its architectural significance and beauty, St. Paul’s has been named a historical landmark, hopefully meaning it will be here for years to come.

St. PaulsInside is a quiet elegance reflective of the neo-Gothic style.  

St. PaulsThere are no gilded columns or ornate statues, just beautiful stained glass windows through which the sun shines and, when they are open, allow bird sounds  to fill the sanctuary.

St. PaulsI am glad the doors here are always open because it offers a quiet refuge.

St. PaulsWhen the world is crazy around me, I sometimes like to go and sit in the empty building and wonder why the voice of evil is sometimes so much louder than the voice of love or why tragedy strikes so unexpectedly.  Those questions have been hard to answer this week.

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