Lifting Each Other in Love and Light – Ghost Ranch Community Shares
March 25 Lenten Reflection by Rev. Jill Oglesby Evans
As a staff, Rev. Jill Oglesby Evans and others led us in an Ash Wednesday service, with a theme of fragments.
The reflection was based on the process of creating mosaics from a message shared by one of our talented instructors, Kathy Thaden. Each Wednesday since then, Rev. Jill has held a Lenten service for our staff. This week she shared by email as all staff members are on a stay-home directive.
The Lenten focus this week for us at Ghost Ranch is “Fragments in Community.” Can anyone relate?
You’ll recall the practice we began on Ash Wednesday of choosing fragmented chards or objects and placing them with intention at the foot of Marco’s beautiful cross in the Agape Center.
While it can be hard these days to envision the ‘beautiful thing’ that God is creating of our siloed lives, rest assured that the One who Created Life is ever at work weaving them into an as yet unimagined mosaic of grace, hope, and depth of understanding.
During this season of Lent, may God give each of us the grace to take up the challenge of each day, to be drawn by hope rather than driven by fear, and to persevere in supporting one another.
In the silence of our hearts or in spoken words, lets us give thanks for the gift of this day and prayer for the life of the world…
Finally, take a deep breath and receive this benediction from J. Philip Newell:
The blessings of heaven,
the blessings of earth,
the blessings of sea and of sky.
On those we love this day
and on every human family
the gifts of heaven,
the gifts of earth,
the gifts of sea and of sky.
March 20 First Days of Spring
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and the Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, and polymath. She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, as well as the most-recorded in modern history. She has been considered by many in Europe to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. She wrote about “veriditas” or greening power. (Wikipedia)
The truly holy person welcomes all that is earthly.
Holy persons draw to themselves all that is earthly.
The earth is at the same time mother,
She is mother of all that is natural
Mother of all that is human.
She is the mother of all,
for contained in her
are the seeds of all.
Glance at the sun, see the moon and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty of Earth’s greenings.
Now think, what delight God gives to humankind
with all these things
All nature is at the disposal of humankind
we are to work with her
For without her we cannot survive.
The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity. This Word manifests itself in every creature.
The fire has it’s flame and praises God
The wind blows the flame and praises God
In the voice we hear the word that praises God
All the word, when heard, praises God
So all of creation is a song of praise to God.
God hugs you
You are encircled by the arms
of the mystery of God
March 19 First Day of Spring
Yesterday was shirt-sleeve weather.
This is the in-between time.
We must pay careful attention to what This Moment is calling for.
Because yesterday’s response to Reality could result in hyperthermia today.
And today’s response to Reality might create overheating tomorrow.
We’re being called upon to Pay Attention.
To Here. And Now.