#AdventWord #Choose

“[I]t is easy to be overwhelmed by the troubles of the world. It is possible to be frozen in our tracks by seemingly insurmountable problems. It is tempting to do nothing because we know we can’t do everything. Sometimes we decide that we didn’t cause a situation therefore it’s not our job to fix it. But where is Love in that? Where is Love in those truly human—but truly joyless responses to a hurting world and to our hurting neighbors?” Here’s a link to my entire homily on the topic: Choose joy!

#AdventWord #Obedience

“Profit from your time alone, go into yourself, and listen out for the voice that comes unbidden. Listen to that part of you that knows all along what you have to do. This is the intelligence of love; the voice that speaks without complicated explanations, simple and to the point. When you hear that voice, do its bidding. Do not think twice and do not look back.” ~ Roger Housden, Chasing Rumi

#AdventWord #Hear

In 2017 after years of struggling to hear, I finally got hearing aids. Some of what I now hear, I would rather not. I’m really pretty uninterested in other peoples’ phone conversations in restaurants! But, oh, the calls of birds! Sometimes I stand in my driveway and just listen for awhile. I’m working on learning to identify birds by their call, but it is slow going. I didn’t even look for birds or try to photograph them for many years because hearing them is a huge help in locating them, and I couldn’t. Now my frustration is being able to…

#AdventWord #Sign

Since moving to the south twenty-some years ago, I have said and even more often looked at a bald cypress tree and thought, “Who needs Christmas trees when you have cypress trees?!” They are, in and of themselves, a sign of the south. In the early fall, when their “leaves,” which look like evergreen needles but aren’t, begin turning a brilliant coppery red, they are signs of coming winter. And for those of you who think we don’t have winter, just know that last night, it was colder in Louisiana than it was in Missouri. So there! See all those…

#AdventWord #Purify

Salt marshes are not merely havens for waterfowl. They also help mitigate our human mess. Thick stands of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) and saltmeadow cordgrass (Spartina patens) trap mud and sand in their dense root systems, stabilizing the shoreline and preventing erosion and flooding. The ecosystem as a whole helps filter polluted runoff. Creation gives us yet another glimpse of incarnation.