Friday, July 5, 2019

Intentional Living




On June 13th, 2019, a good friend left this life. She is now without pain, free of a body that was no longer functioning as it should.  We gave her a wonderful celebration on the 29th of June.  So many wonderful words were spoken; beautiful music; stories told.  We also had the opportunity to celebrate with her before she died – to share stories with her and sing together.  As I reflect on these last few months with her, I wonder if I’m doing that enough with people I love.  How often are we walking through life, side by side, but not really paying attention to those we love?  Diane, you have left me with a desire to live more intentionally; to spend less time in constant motion and doing; to just be with others and to be with myself. 

I’ve been reflecting for over a year now about doors and bridges.  My experiences with Diane have led me to a bridge into a new way of life.  How I live this out is yet to be seen.  I wonder though, how are you being called to live more intentionally?  Our culture demands constant action and reaction.  Yes, sometimes we need to react and/or take action.  Perhaps though we can slow down and live in a way that calls us into intentional relationship, into paying attention to one another.  Where or how are you being called to live differently?  In Mary Oliver's well known poem, Summer Day, she asks, and I think Diane asks us, What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Musical Peace





Sitting outside at dawn,
a symphony of sound brings
music to my ears.
Songbirds, crows, squirrels,
a light, welcoming mist of rain.
Nature’s musicians.

Music brings deep peace to my soul,
opens a window to God,
turns off the sounds of human arrogance,
releases my fears.

Music flows through me,
Nature, symphonic and choral music.
Breathe in, breathe out,
Let the music flow through me,
bring peace to my soul.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Thresholds


                                        T    A threshold
                                       H    has appeared,
                                       R    ripening,
                                       E    encouraging,
                                       S    silently.
                                       H    Hazy possibilities,
                                       O    opening to newness,
                                       L     lightness,
                                       D    and darkness.   Discernment.

S    Stand still on
T    this threshold
A    and wait for
T     time to open the door.
I     Invitation to pause,
O    open to the liminal space.

 P   Pause and wait.

E    Eventually you will
R    realize when you are called
E    to exit this place
G   with grace,
R   with respect,
I    in love and in faith.
N  Next step still unclear,
A  without anxiety or angst,
T   toward the
I    in between place
O  opening up to you.

By Marcia McLaughlin
March 15, 2019


Statio:  Practice of stopping one thing before beginning another
Peregrineatio:  Pilgrimage in a boat without an oar or rudder


Friday, December 23, 2016

Promise of Christmas



Advent

Promises of God
of Hope, Peace,
Joy, Love.

Promises of God
which we find elusive
as we look at our world.

A world of
      Hatred
      Violence in word and deed
Unrest
Climate change threatening
the existence of creation
Fear
Homelessness and hunger
Grief and loss

Mary, did you fear the future?
Or did you trust God’s promises?
Surely, you too had doubts.

Trust
in the midst of darkness
is difficult.

Yet, the truth of Christmas
is God,
God walking with us
in the darkness.

God does not promise
that there will never be darkness.
God promises that we can,
with the help of God,
find light and healing
in the midst of the darkness.

With God’s help,
we become
the bearers of light
bringing peace and healing
to our world.

The invitation of Christmas
is to be in the darkness
and to become
bearers of light
to a weary world.


Marcia McLaughlin
December 2015





Saturday, January 2, 2016

January and A New Year

January

Cold, wet
Gray days
Short days
Long nights

Snow and ice
Frozen ground
Crisp, cold air
Mountain winds

Birds huddling
At a feeder
Seeking warmth
In the trees

Promises
New growth
Small green shoots
Tiny signs of spring

A new year
New chances
New starts
Forgiveness

A gift

from God.

by Marcia McLaughlin

Friday, April 3, 2015

Who will betray the Son of God

God created the heavens and the earth.  

The earth and all that is on it are the children of God. 
  
Who will betray the child of God?
Is it I? Is it I?

Betrayal:
a conscious act
a non-action
unawareness
apathy
not awake

Who will betray the child of God?
Is it I? Is it I?

God’s children are
polluted,
destroyed,
unsheltered,
hungry,
sick,
in prison.

Who will betray the child of God?
Is it I?  Is it I?

Betrayal

or

Wake up!  
Change!  
Act!

Resurrection is possible.








Poem and photography by Marcia McLaughlin
Good Friday, 2013







Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas prayer


When the nights are dark and long,
the ground is covered with snow and ice,
and there is war and injustice on earth,
it’s hard to see the light that God promises.

My prayer for you this Christmas
is that you are able to see the promise
that God has made to us.
The promise of spring, of love,
Of peace on earth for all.