Thursday, September 30, 2021

visible

I live my days
in the great palette of light
from the Creator
who sees all. 

in the early morning light; soft
just dawning, new beginnings

in the mid-day light; bright, 
exposed, nowhere to hide

in the late afternoon light; golden, 
blessed with softness and forgiveness

in the midnight light; of moon & stars, 
glowing orbs of sparkling wonder

As God's light unfolds through my days
I am visible.

To God, to you, to myself.



Dawn M. Switzer
Based on the Hafiz poem A Root in Each Act and Creature

Saturday, August 7, 2021

I hear the bed calling

 Does your unmade bed ever call to you?
I hear it now from the next room ...
"I know you are tired, weary, in need of rest. 
Come, burrow here, and find comfort. 
Pull the covers over your head, just for a little while.
Blot out the world, the responsibilities, the weight of it all. 
Sink into me and let go. Cry if you need to.
Breathe.
Remember whose you are and gather strength.
When you are refreshed, rise again."
we can find Jesus in the midst of everyday things
if we but look and listen.


Dawn M. Switzer
Reflection on Matthew 11:28
"Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
 

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Shape of me

The shape of me is
a mountain goat, moving
from the deeper, darker ravine bottom to the mountain top
and the radiant light

The shape of me is
a whale surfacing
to take in the air, which sustains life; 
to play, up and out of the water, splashing down
before gliding back to the Kingdom of the deep

The shape of me is
a baby's hand, reaching out, wrapping little fingers around one of her mother's, 
finding connection, solidity, comfort

The shape of me is
all these beings and more ~ I am them and they are me
Infused with Divine Love from our creator we are different and the same
Our sacred paths intertwine within the Divine Presence
though we may never meet ~ goat, whale, you, me
we are one.





Dawn M. Switzer
meditation on Psalm 107, selected verses
Nan Merrill, Praying the Psalms

Friday, May 21, 2021

Mercy born

by the ocean
vast water of rebirth
water of life
living water

waves rolling to shore
God's great mercy 
rolling over me
I've done nothing for this

this cleansing
this renewing
Mercy & Grace & Spirit
pour the light over me

illuminate the darkness
eliminate the shadow
and bring forth the hope of life
rebirthed, renewed, eternal



reflection on Titus 3:4-7
5-19-2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

on the veranda

on the veranda it is 

almost normal - forgetting our isolation order

the birds singing their God given song
the colors of the sky & trees, God created colors

just a gentle breeze Holy Spirit is that you come to visit

I feel an almost irresistible urge to pull out another chair for Jesus, move it away from the fire table so he will have room for his legs

what are the birds singing I ask

do you want some water? a glass of wine? are you hungry? how long can you stay? (this is me ~ Martha)

why did God make the peacocks screech so

I get no real answers, but my heart is calmed; my anxiety at rest (this is me 
~ Mary)

He is with us. Father, Son, Holy Spirit, martha, mary, ~ all are one




Friday, March 19, 2021

 Today (March 19th) we celebrate St. Joseph. Rather than use a scripture passage for the Daily Inspiration, I chose a poem my aunt wrote a year and a half before her death. I remember her telling me that Joseph must have been a truly remarkable man. We are all blessed by Joseph's actions. Has anyone been a Joseph in your life?


Joseph

As artists see the Holy Family, 
Joseph stands perpetually
gazing down
on Mother and Child
perhaps in some perplexity.
How did this come about
for first on fire in raging anger
Joseph felt betrayed by Mary
and dishonored?
But God's mysterious alchemy
cleansed him
made  him fit to be 
earthly father to His Son
protecting
nurturing
gently guiding.

So, though not quite understanding
Joseph adopted Mary's baby
in pity and in love
Joseph
obedient
trusted servant of God. 

   -Margaret A. Weber (1917-2018) 
     written 12/26/2016-1/18/2017



Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Tuesday Tea & Prayers

Tuesday Tea & Prayers is a short prayer time once a month, offered through the St. Mary's Chapter of the Daughters of the King in San Pedro. We begin with checking in with everyone, and thinking of the things we are grateful for; Scripture and/or prayers are read; then there is time to center and offer your own prayers ~ silently, aloud, or in the chat; and we close with the Alternative Lord's Prayer from A New Zealand Prayer Book. 


Here are the scripture/prayers used on March 9th ~