seasons: sensing the sacred in our midst

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“Spring, summer, autumn, and winter each have particular gifts and invitations. Paying attention to the rhythms of the natural world helps us to recognize the place within us that calls for blossoming, fruitfulness, releasing, and resting.” — Christine Valters Paintner, The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom

Can you feel the tug, or is it just me? Can you sense the added pressure in this season when we’re unable to stay on top of our tasks? The urgent vies for our attention with the important because there’s just so much to do, and so little time left to do it in. We want to drop everything and go lie down in bed. Perhaps our weary bodies and anxious minds are telling us something valid we need to listen to.

Because we can become so wilted and jaded by all we want to complete before Christmas comes that we fail to fully appreciate the holy extraordinary event of Jesus being born on earth. But what if we paused? What if we stopped for microseconds at a time, or more? Let’s take a few slow, deep breaths and try. Let’s seek to listen to what our burdened souls, our fractured lives are saying to us.

seasons - sunset - trees - but what if we paused quote (C) joylenton

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” — Matthew 11:28-29 NIV

Sacred seasons

 It is autumnal dusk,
 let us give ourselves
 a sacred moment to sit,

 rest, exhale, pray, pause,
 a space to breathe 
 and be. Because there is 
 an opportune moment

 for everything, a kairos 
 time for everything 
 on earth, a season 
 covering soul growth,

 activity, stillness 
 and deep soul rest.
 Even our hearts 
 have an innate knowledge

 of rhythm and purpose,
 where we sow seeds,
 we wait, we grow, we reap.

 So let us learn 
 to accept, relinquish,
 surrender, and appreciate 

 the abundant, the slow,
 the meagre, the painful 
 growing times which we detest,
 when we must stop and wait,

 the fleeting joyful moments 
 we all cherish and adore.
 Because they all count,
 far more than we might know,

 they all matter to God,
 no matter which season
 of the year, of life, of the heart
 we might currently be in,

 for we can all grow 
 and flourish inwardly
 when we pause to listen
 and fully trust in him.
 © joylenton

“God has so much to speak into your life. But if you don’t draw apart from the busyness of your day and spend time alone with Him in quietness and solitude, you will not hear it. Jesus himself spent much time alone with God. If anyone could get away with not doing it, surely it would have been Him. How much more important must it be for us?” — Stormie OMartian, The Power of a Praying Woman

Gracious Jesus,

Rather than allowing ourselves to be stressed and rushed, draw us deeper into the quiet restfulness of Your love. Help us focus less on festivities and presents, and more on spending quality time in Your presence. Revive our weary bodies.

Renew and reorient our anxious hearts. Even though our celebrations this year might be pared back and muted, compared with how they usually are, reignite the sense of wonder, joy, and hope wrapped up in this special season, and beyond.

6 thoughts on “seasons: sensing the sacred in our midst

  1. Dear Joy, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful poetry with us. I was so moved by your prayer as well. It is the Cry of my own heart in my season of waiting that I will let him show me his moments of joy and wonder here as well. May you be so blessed this Christmas season my dear friend. Hugs I love across the pond! XOXO

    • Dear Bettie, I’m so glad the poem and prayer spoke to you. We might have to look harder than before to find those moments of joy and wonder this year, but the effort will be rewarded and well worth it. May you find the hidden manna, the golden nuggets of grace that are only gleaned in life’s dark places. And may God rain down His abundant blessings of rest, healing and peace upon you and your loved ones during this Christmas season. Sending love and hugs across the pond! xoxo 💜

  2. A beautiful and timely message. Breathe in the Christ-spirit. Feel it in ourselves and see it in all around us. We can only do this when we stop and look, and listen. Thank you for the reminder.

    • Oh, yes, that’s exactly what we need! Thank you for taking my thoughts and expanding on them so beautifully. Bless you, dear Deborah. It’s so good to have your kind and insightful presence here, my friend. xo ❤️

  3. We so need those moments to
    “rest, exhale, pray, pause,
    a space to breathe
    and be.”
    Thank you so much for the hope-filled poem, prayer, and song, Joy! God knew I needed to read this and listen to that song today. Love and blessings of a hope-filled and wonder-filled Advent and Christmas season!

    • Amen, Trudy! They’re such simple and necessary things yet they so easily get left out when we become too busy and overly preoccupied. I’m pleased that the poem, prayer and song were timely for you, my friend. Thank you for the lovely blessing. I pray it will be true for you, too. Love, blessings and hugs! xo ❤️

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