Posts Tagged ‘blessings’

happy new year

May the new year bring you abundant opportunities to give and receive love, to discover new joys, and to appreciate all of your blessings with fresh eyes.

If we make any resolution as this year begins, may it be to show more kindness to each person we meet.

I look forward to a year of reading, learning, and sharing about the books I enjoy.

May peace be with you now and always.


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may God’s light break into the darkness, bringing healing to all our wounds. As we celebrate the inbreaking of light in the natural world, with winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, I’d like to share a beautiful solstice reflection from Jan Richardson:

a loosening
of the clenching
in your hands,
of the clutch
around your heart….
Get up.
Set out on the road
you cannot see.
This is the night
when you can trust
that any direction
you go,
you will be walking
toward the dawn.

(excerpt from “Blessing for the Longest Night”
© Jan Richardson janrichardson.com)

I am grateful to a friend for sharing Jan Richardson‘s passionate, thoughtful reflections and her creative works of art. May her work be a blessing to all who read it.

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In My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of strength, refuge, and belonging, author Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., shares a beautiful description of Chanukah from her grandfather, Rabbi Meyer Ziskind. I found this to be a beautiful, powerful message, and a heartfelt description of the holiday’s significance. I share it in hopes that these words will bless you:

“The story of Hannukah says that God’s light burns in the darkness even without oil, and it is so,” said my grandfather. “That is one of the miracles of the light. But there is more. There is a place in everyone that can carry the light. God has made us this way. When God says ‘LET THERE BE LIGHT,’ he is speaking to us personally, Neshume-le. He is telling us what is possible, how we might choose to live. But one candle does not do much in the darkness. God has not only given us the chance to carry the light, he has made it possible for us to kindle and strengthen the light in one another, passing the light along. This is the way that God’s light will shine forever in this world.”

May this special season of light bring joy to you and your loved ones.

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Great Mosque, Damascus © 2007 Pattern in Islamic Art

Happy New Year! As I reflect on my hopes for 2013, I am feeling deeply aware of the many blessings in my life. May we share a spirit of love and generosity with everyone we meet in this new year.

In the spirit of sharing my blessings with neighbors in need, I am holding a Mercy Corps giving challenge during January. For every new email subscriber, and  for every new”like” this blog’s facebook page receives, I will donate $1 (up to $50 total) to Mercy Corps to help with the Syrian refugee crisis. Also, I am looking for a generous individual who would be willing to match my donation total, to double the gift. If you would be willing to do this, please leave a comment below.


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30 days of gratitude journey concludes, with a hope for gratitude ever-increasing

The blessings in my life are abundant. Even on hard days, tiring days, I truly do not have to look far before  I realize how much goodness is present in my life: the people I love, the natural world, sensory pleasures, the basic physical needs of survival, my passions and skills. Cultivating gratitude reveals the beauty, and it shines light through the darkness that sometimes surrounds us.

May God help me to have a  prayer of gratitude always resonating from my heart.

And if you were to count God’s favors, you would not be able to number them; most surely God is forgiving, merciful. —Qur’an, Sūrah al-Nahl: 18

And whatever good thing you enjoy, it is from God. —Qur’an, Sūrah al-Nahl: 53

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30 days of gratitude journey continues 

Friday, day 23: a brisk walk under starlight, arm in arm with beloveds

Saturday, day 24: the twinkling lights of the holiday season

Sunday, day 25: three generations visiting together

Monday, day 26: hawk swooping to land, backdrop of mountains

Tuesday, day 27: first snowfall of the season, daughter racing outside to enjoy the beauty

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To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel
To say your nightly prayer

© Maya Angelou (from her book “Celebrations”)


This verse speaks my hope, my intention. May God help me to live this way, always. I’m feeling grateful to all the poets, ancient and contemporary, who gift me these reminders to be conscious, fully present, and aware of God’s gifts.


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