January’s Spring Day
"Be meek in modesty; don’t overbear. As far as possible be slave, not sultan; receive the hit; be polo ball, not stick!" - Rumi
"I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul." - Psalm
A warm morning and a spring day in January.
Nature sometimes rushes forward where prudence says, “wait!”
Last year the flowers bloomed early and were killed by a late frost.
Likewise, I rushed forward
to be reigned in again.
Growth is difficult and sometimes our nature inhibits us.
We cannot know when the next frost will come.
You watch as my flowers fade
and re-open the earth again -
helping me find the right season.
Has this weathered stone become fertile soil once more?
Re-awaken Your spring within me, loving Father.
My delight in returning to my corner desk, opening my sketchpad and finding this mandala sketched in non-photo blue, waiting to be inked. Easing the barriers between me and my art. Motion and stability. Reaching and being reached for by the planets and stars.
"This craving, this clinging, overpowers the man caught in it, and his sorrows multiply like prairie grass fed by rain." - Buddha
"For lions to break the battle lines is easy. True Lion is he who breaks the lines of selfhood." - Rumi
"When you were dead in your sins […] God made you alive in Christ." - The Apostle Paul
Father, thank You for Your mercy and grace.
Attach my identity to the fulfillment of Your will.
Reconcile my life to Your ways.
Please redeem my career.
Please redeem my finances.
Please renew Your vision within me.
I rely on Your providence.
Please show me the right way.
Please help me to fulfill Your vision in my life.
I trust You to take care of my needs.
I trust You to bless the work of my hands.
Thank You for Your faithfulness.
Thank You for Your loving kindness.
"Don’t worry. I’ll take care of you."
Thank You for Your many blessings.
I love You. Amen.
We are in bloom. The sun and stars gleam brightly within the vault of the sky. There is a lot of interconnection in this mandala. I am ready to partake in the eternal picture.
"Each instant is the world renewed and we are blind to its eternal renovation." - Rumi
"They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted." - Isaiah
You show us Your grace within myriad moments.
You renew us with every breath.
Encompass the earth with Your grace.
Heal this broken space.
You are holy.
Make us holy like You.
Heavenly Father, guide my footfalls to Your will.
Fill me with Your spirit.
Teach me Your redeeming love.
Permeate my life with Your presence.
Thank You for providing my needs.
Thank You for surrounding me with love.
Thank You for all the gifts You’ve given me.
Thank You for letting me take part in creation.
Thank You for comforting me in distress.
Thank You for giving peace and guidance.
Thank You for Your redemption and grace.
I love You.