“The Swan” from Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals…
“Let me fall if I must. The one I will become will catch me.” Baal Shem Tov Transitions are messy. Holy Week starts with the promise and jubilation of Palm Sunday. And then, Holy Week turns dark and tragic. But, we know the ending. Friday’s darkness turns into Sunday’s light. The week ends in Alleluia!Continue reading “Transitioning to Holy Week”
As you probably know by now, music brings me so much joy in life. And I am open to music of many different genres…I hope that music will always bring me joy as much as the man in the checkered shirt in this video. In some of life’s darkest times, I look to some ofContinue reading “A Little Joy and Encouragement”
Today, we will spend some time with Lions and Cheetahs….the glory of God in nature.
Today, we start a three-day journey with one of our leadership team members, Patricia Wu. She is currently traveling through several countries in Africa and shared some stories, pictures, and video for us to center our Lenten journey on nature. Nature has always been a source of inspiration, wonder and wisdom for me. On aContinue reading “A Three Day Journey to Africa”
Susan Ceely Phillips
I find my resurrections From dark, lonely, dreary tombs Of fear, separation and loss In the mockingbird that sings joyfully while playing hide and seek in the holly bush. In the thread of a text with beloved sisters who hear my cry. In the empathetic, sympathetic melodies of a piano and strings. In the chitContinue reading “Resurrections – again and again on this day”
On this Sunday with a moment of music, I share Yo-Yo Ma playing Dvorak’s Going Home. Yo-Yo Ma is an American of Asian descent. Today, I want to say a prayer of peace for all of those of Asian-descent, who call America, home. In the past year, the rate of hate crimes against Asian-Americans, especiallyContinue reading “Going Home”
There is a battle that ensues In mind and body both Each fights within itself nonstop And both against the other too. The more my mind darts forth and back And far and wide and long and fast, The more my busy body sinks And aches and downward droops. As these two the battle goesContinue reading “The Summoning”
A poem where light shines in the darkness.