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Like the pull of the moon when she is full of luminous light,

the ocean beckons me to her side

where the waves wash over my soul and the birds invite me to fly.

So I walk, step after step, step after step,

leaving more than a footprint,

‘shoulds’ and ‘ought-tos’ fall away,

tension loses its grip on my shoulders

the hamster wheel in my mind stops spinning

and, finally, I shed my shoes,

connecting sole with soul.

So I walk, step after step, step after step,

my fingers begin picking up shells almost without my awareness,

large and small, broken and whole,

compelled by the Artist within I place the shells in the sand

working out some arrangement between my soul and Spirit.

So I walk, step after step, step after step,

joining the community of all who share the beach,

who seek its refuge and beauty and healing,

our individual lives and smiles brushing briefly against one another

while the ahinga invites me to claim the solitude

that is inherent in such a walk.

So I walk, step after step, step after step,

strong waves crashing fiercely over the rocks,

breaking upon my ‘wanting to be certain’ grip,

splashing into the dark crevices for a thorough spring cleaning.

So I walk, step after step, step after step,

drawn to the piers whose walkways extends into the deep,

where fishermen and fisherwomen cast their lines and their hopes

and the birds flock to feed on leftover fish parts.

But it is the underside that calls out to me

as I find my way to the cloister on the sea,

finding sanctuary in the rhythm of the waves and the repetition of the structure

and the doorway at the far end.

So I walk, step after step, step after step,

watching the birds waddle down the beach as they search for snatches of food

and chase one another in a game of tag

and take flight into the strong winds,

wondering what it means for one’s spirit to soar

while being suspended over the sea.

And as I walk,

each step becomes prayer ~ for myself, for others, for creation,

and I enter into the mystery of creation and the

and the presence of our Creator.

And as I walk each step brings more wholeness and peace.

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My daughter and her fiance tend the land at Green Gardens ~ they work long days and nights growing vegetables that are “Certified Naturally Grown” which they sell at local markets and to CSA members.   Whether at the Market where their table is overflowing with goodness or out at their farm standing next to the gardens there is always an abundance of green goodness!  I’ll let the photos tell the story…

Rows and rows…

and more rows, each 200 feet long

The new High Wind Tunnel that holds 420 tomato plants.  That’s a lot of tomatoes that will be hand-picked!



See how tall the tomato plants are!

Market bounty…

Kale – the all-time favorite of one of the farmers!

The farmers, framed by an abundance of produce!

May bounty fill your life this season!

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Recently a few of us from our church gathered at The Hermitage for a retreat… the gifts were simple and profound.  I’m sharing a few of them that I received through the lenses of my camera:Blessed by the stones

Come to me… and be still

Glory

Beauty

Cleansed by Your love

Radiance

Come, follow me …

Our departing gift


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We tuck

our memories, our hopes

in Your embrace,

wait for

new blossoms

from the Womb of Life.

Greening of the Cross,

Pine Island Church, May 9, 2010

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I went down to the river to pray

Studyin’ about that good ol’ way

Asking how to let go

Be carried by the flow

Oh, show me the way

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“For the Beauty of the Earth”

For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies,

For the gift of another day, for the gifts which this day offers,

For the love which from our birth, over and around us lies,

For Your love that sustains us each day and for Your invitation to share Your love with others,

Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the wonder of each hour, of the day and of the night,

For Your gifts of light and darkness, for joy in sharing the Light, for Faith to embrace the darkness,

Hill and vale, and tree and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light,

For awe in the tiniest buds and the vast universe, for Your love that spans the cosmos,

Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind’s delight,

For this season of Spring and Eastertide, for all the new life that is blooming within and around us,

For the mystic harmony, linking sense to sound and sight,

For the inner knowing and outer expressions of Your grace and mystery,

Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,

For companions on this journey of life, for grace and forgiveness needed to live with one another,

Friends on earth, and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild,

For the blessings of community near and far,

for the ongoing work of creating community where divisions run deep,

Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


For Thy church that evermore, lifteth holy hands above,

For Your call to each of us to serve Your church and all of Your people within and beyond the church

Offering up on every shore, her pure sacrifice of love,

For Your presence in all places, calling all faiths to walk the way of Love,

Lord of all, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.


Hymn by Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, 1864

Prayer response by Cathy Johnson, 2010

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Being birthed is work

Pushing through compost, litter

We move toward new life


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