Friday, December 21, 2012

Greetings to the Winter Solstice and be Transformed

Today's post is by Darla Ewalt:

Today is December 21, the Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year and the first day of winter.  The winter storm yesterday brought a beautiful blanket of snow that sparkles in the moonlight and sunlight. Last night as I went down to the shed to feed the horses, I marveled at the stillness all around me and the beauty of the bright stars shining in the clear night sky.  Surrounded by the quietness of the night broken only by Thunder’s greeting, I could feel God’s presence.

Quoting Thomas Keating “Silence is the greatest teacher there is.  God’s creative Word is uttered in sheer silence, and it is in our ability to resonate with it that we are transformed.”[1] This is a time of rest for God’s creation. A new cycle of life begins today. Tomorrow the days begin to get longer.  Spend some time today listening to the sounds of the creation.  Mostly you will hear silence.  Begin a new journey of renewal and transformation by communicating with your creator and let God speak to you in the Silence.

[1] Centering Prayer & Resting in God by Thomas Keating. Contemplative Outreach Newsletter, 29(1):1-2; Dec. 2012.

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