Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel ... Author UnknownIt has been too long since I last posted ...if I have calculated correctly six months have slipped by since my last post! These months have been filled! A busy spring with retreats and programs offered here in Spokane at The Franciscan Place and then off to Colorado for the month of July for a Spiritual Direction Program which was excellent. So many thoughts and blessings could be included in this post, but it would be too much!

I share with you at this time what I just wrote for a corner of the newsletter that is going out for my ministry at St. Joseph Family Center here in Spokane. A few thoughts as we approach Thanksgiving and move towards December. As you know being outside and going for walks always give me inspiration...

As I go out for my walks these days I am very aware that we are edging into winter even though some leaves of autumn are still hanging on. Here in Spokane we have had our first blushes of snow. Days have sometimes been a bit grey and with the change of the clocks into standard time it is getting dark way too early! This time of the year can affect our moods and start to bring a person’s spirits down a bit. However, it is also a season of giving thanks for the fruits of earth and the harvest of the fields. It is a time to count our blessings of all that has been a part of this past year and look to new hopes and possibilities. It might also be a time of quietness. Most of the fields lie fallow, there is a hush that happens to the world with a snowfall and before the great celebration of Christmas we have an Advent time of preparing our hearts and homes. As we come towards the end of this year, what is it that you are most grateful for? How can you find a still, quiet space in your life to reflect on your blessings and what brings you hope? In the words of Konrad von Gesner, “Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse - a thanksgiving, and for every breath - a song…”  Peace and All Good!