Thursday, December 29, 2022

in our bones

 

in our bones

A reflection on Shine – A Christmas Blessing by Jan Richardson

  

I feel it in my bones,

she would say,

when change was coming

and she was right

I feel it in my bones ~

an expression of deep-rooted knowledge

certainty

truths held close

treasured

 

Your light has come

Is coming

Will come

 

The light will bear itself into our bones

 

if we open our hearts

if we only say “yes”

with the certainty of faith

that it will be so

 

Come, Emmanuel

God with us

God with me

I feel it in my bones

and it is so

 

  

Dawn M. Switzer

December 28-29, 2022


Sunday, November 20, 2022

Why did you....

 Sometimes I'm asked, "why did you put that photo with that scripture?" Some of my choices are obvious, and some are more obscure. Sometimes I have an immediate idea of what photo to use or go shoot when I choose the verse, and sometimes I scroll through photos to see what speaks to me from my (large) library of photos. 

I always hope in my choices to make you think a bit about the verse, the photo, and how it applies in your life ~ a starting point for meditation or prayer. If you ever wonder, please reach out.

For instance, yesterday's post was this:

NOVEMBER 20, 2022
The Lord of Heaven's Armies is here among us...
   -Psalm 45:7a      (NLT)

The photo is of our veranda through a dirty sliding glass door in the early morning. It is full of shadow and light; the dark of night giving way to the light of day. There's a hint of a sunburst in the upper portion of the photo. Ordinary items such as the chaise lounges and potted plants are seen. The lattice post provides space for the light to filter through. There's a glimpse of the sliding glass door on the left.

"The Lord of Heaven's Armies is here among us..." yes ~ in the shadows, in the darkness, in the light, in the dirty, in the ordinary, in the inside and the outside; among all of us. "The Lord of Heaven's Armies is here among us..." May we be like the lattice and let the Lord's light shine through.




Monday, November 7, 2022

Announcing....


The God Speaks in the little things ~ 30 days with the Psalms "zine" (book) is here!!! This project is a long time coming and I'm super excited to share it with you. I've taken 30 Psalm verses and 30 photos, paired them together, organized them, and created this zine. As with everything I've done with God Speaks in the little things, it was a leap of faith. 

The zines are for sale through me personally, and will be on my photography website next week. I will be at the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles convention this Friday & Saturday ~ November 11 & 12 ~ as an exhibitor. I hope to expand the reach of God Speaks and sell the books. The zines are $10 each, tax included.

I truly believe that God Speaks to us in various ways, but the everyday moments are where we can always hear God's voice & feel God's presence, if we slow down.

listen... & walk with him in the everyday

If you'd like to purchase a zine, please let me know. 

And thank you for your continued support.


Sunday, October 2, 2022

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

 I know many people push the reset button in January. New year, time to make adjustments. I think of Fall that way! Maybe it reminds me of "back to school" ~ all the new school supplies and clothes. Yep, I liked school. Fall always felt like a new start. That's where I've been focusing the last couple of weeks. I took a sabbatical from doing the God Speaks Daily Inspiration; we traveled to Gold Beach, OR (a beautiful, peaceful place); I went on a scrap retreat with friends.

I enjoyed my time away, but am so happy to return. I won't say I'm completely refreshed; I think I've had a good start. I'm going to continue on this reset journey throughout the Fall. Finding those things that make me & my soul happy and doing more of those. Trying not to turn my planner into a jumble of  appointments most days of the week. Creating a flow of life that celebrates the things that mean something ~ a lot ~ to me. Family, friends, Jesus, nature, creativity... not necessarily in that order. Want to join me for  a "back to school" Fall? Let's meet over a pumpkin spice latte & talk about it!





Saturday, June 25, 2022

For My Friend

 How often the Beloved weeps with compassion over those who are crushed in spirit.
   -from Psam 34, Praying the Psalms, Nan Merrill


I am comforted by knowing that the Beloved knows our pain and sorrows, 
feels the devastation of life lived under crushing burdens.

I, too, feel compassion for those who are struggling with their troubles,
who are holding on by a tiny, thin thread as the world moves in and on,
oblivious to their pain.

Expectations to be one way or another 
add to the unrest.

Perhaps my purpose is to listen, 
to weep with, 
to offer a place to rest a weary heart.

Oh, that the Beloved will use me,
through my tears,
to open a path of comfort, 
and strength, 
and renewal;
that I may show Love's way.


Dawn M. Switzer 




Monday, May 16, 2022

Trinity Haiku Prayers

 dreams of disaster

anguish waiting to befall

oh God, protect me

 

the dawn comes again

faithful companion of days

Jesus, give me hope

 

awake and rising

my soul wide and waiting

Spirit, enter in

  


 

Dawn M. Switzer

February 15-21, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

morning Lent day twenty-five

three
three species of birds
this morning
at the feeder
designed for 
one

the hummingbird
comes early
with his tiny
needle-like beak in the feeder
& drinks of the nectar

the finches
male & female
fly back and forth
their beaks not created 
for this feeder
but they find a way 
& drink of the nectar

the brilliant hooded oriole
back after an absence
(where does he go?)
angles his beak just so
& drinks of the nectar

three species of birds
are filled from 
one feeder
tended to by 
this human
who watches in 
the mornings 
and adores their 
songs of thanks