What we say in times like these is important. Our words shape what we think about and frame how we feel.
And not just us. They colour the world around us.
Therefore I wanted to offer words of peace to carry with us over the coming days.
IMPRINT OF PEACE
There are no limits…
Marks of a gift
scribed long ago,
colours and textures
with glorious abundance.
to the wholeness…
Fragrance of a sense
and quieting our fears.
Footsteps of wholeness+ Sue Heatherington, for The Presence Project
that walk to our door
and divisions –
by the imprint of peace.
Deep peace of the running wave to you.+ Fiona Macleod, from ‘The Dominion of Dreams: Under the Dark Sky’ 1895
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the Flock of Stars to you.
Deep peace from the Son of Peace to you.
Deep peace, deep peace.
~ ‘Imprint of Peace’ was inspired by the familiar words from Isaiah 9, in a contemporary translation: ‘There are no limits to the wholeness he brings’. Andy Hunter commissioned it for The Presence Project’s Advent series: Advent Peace.
~ This excerpt from the Celtic poem ‘Deep Peace’ may be familiar, including vocal music by John Rutter. Interestingly, Fiona Macleod was the pen name of William Sharpe, who wanted to express an inner female nature, which in that era would have been taboo for a male.
It’s not easy, to sum up, this week. It is a stage in an emerging journey, yet something is imperceptibly shifting. And it is up to us to choose how to feed and water it.
Nadolig Bendithion – Welsh Christmas Blessings
- Monday: A fruitful rest
- Tuesday: Making space for wonder
- Wednesday: Delightful imperfection in the tree world
- Thursday: Being astonished on days like these
- Friday: Hope at the beginning of the turn