Posts Tagged ‘snow’

Walking the Labyrinth in Winter

March 4, 2014

Today’s blog is a video blog, taken as I walked the outdoor labyrinth this morning at Community of Faith Presbyterian Church in Covington, KY. A winter labyrinth walk outdoors is somewhat different than a summer one, today especially because of the snow and cold. It was a very enjoyable walk, however, and I invite and encourage anyone in the area to stop by and try it out– don’t let the snowy cold keep you away!

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Winter Grace

January 15, 2014

I do not understand the mystery of grace– only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it finds us.” –Anne Lamott

As I am writing this I am sitting at the window of my office and a light snow is falling. We are now past the Advent, Christmas, New Year hullaballoo, into what some folks refer to as the “dead of winter.” And in a way, the world outside looks dead– the leaves are off of the trees, the grass is dormant, today the sky is the grey that only a winter sky can be.

This is a difficult time of year for many people, with the short, cold days that force us to stay indoors more than we’d like; the season of joyful activity is behind us and that leaves many people feeling down and out. Flu season is in full swing and it just seems like a good time to hunker down and hibernate– maybe bears have the right idea!

And yet, there is a special beauty this time of year. As I watch the snow fall I see the way the flakes dance upon the wind; I see the tracks made by the man who walks his dog around the church each day and I see the patterns that the snow makes on our patio behind the church. Winter has a beauty all its own, and we only have to look around us to see God’s presence and grace in the world. And even in winter we can be transformed by grace, the grace of lengthening days, the grace of a  bright sunny day sandwiched in between the dingy ones. The grace of a cup of hot tea or soup shared with a friend.

Today we pray for those who have no roof over their heads to keep them from the cold; we pray for those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit from illnesses major and minor; we pray for those whose lives have been touched and forever changed by a violent act, and for those who are working to bring joy to all who suffer. “From [Jesus Christ] we have received grace upon grace” says the disciple that Jesus loved. Look for the grace as it meets you where you are. Share the grace that you have received with someone who needs it. Grace is transformational and never leaves us where it finds us. May we all find the grace in these days of winter to bring transformation to our world.