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(Blog) Verses: February 2017 Collection

This blog is a collection of our tweets from various accounts! In 140 characters, they are part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. We look forward to updating them on a monthly basis and we provide them with the hope that they may lead to reflection, musing and perhaps even discussion!

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Projectile’s force
baton’s fury
whip’s fell
palely shadows
power’s true source
In mind awoken
consciousness blooms
worlds change
peace begins


Inspired by power’s truth …

 
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Inside of Self
beyond inner eye
harmony calls
Vitality aliveness hums
Brother Rock chants
Sister Bird sings
To recognise
sight sound relies


Inspired by hearing the unheard …

 

 

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
In our midst
fear’s mantra rises
March we reply
in solidarity
division’s mask removed
& diversity’s unity revealed


Inspired by those who choose to defend human rights …

 
4
As river brook babbles
As leaves flutter freely
Joy calls in shadow’d times
beckoning appreciation & abundance
to reveal potential promised


Inspired by joy apparent …

5
Awakening’s journey
neither straight nor linear
Deconstruct who we’re told we are
discover who we’re meant to be
courageously begins now


Inspired by deconstructing fables …

 

 

 

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
In spaces sacred
tears shed
vulnerabilities exposed
it is in listening that healing offered
knits community tender


Inspired by care tenderly offered …

 
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Without expectation
outcome
gain
or benefit
Love selflessly invites us
to support
nurture
defend
care
for one another
so as one
all may rise


Inspired by care Valentine unfolding …

 
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We are each
vessels blessed
intimately formed & blown
shaped as reflection unique
of a Universe infinite in wonder
& diversity unknowable


Inspired by limitless variations in colour …

 
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Good Morning #Winnipeg
In revealing ourselves
bare laying stories
joy & tear threaded
We begin to see ourselves
as #community caring called


Inspired by stories bravely shared …

10
Amidst chaotic potential
as fear & possibility frenetically dance
persistent patience inspires strength resilient
to spy promise rallying


Inspired by centre’s calm …

 

 

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How loud they yell
predicts how high
our knee jerks
In tumult’s uproar
impatience stirs
Yet in resistance
patience guides
ego’s eclipse


Inspired by patience’s wisdom …

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
On streets named & unnamed
In moments noticed & unseen
In stories told & shelved
Compassion’s act
unlimited abounds


Inspired by compassion’s narrative …

 

 

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(Blog) Verses: January 2017 Collection

This blog is a collection of our tweets from various accounts! In 140 characters, they are part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. We look forward to updating them on a monthly basis and we provide them with the hope that they may lead to reflection, musing and perhaps even discussion!

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Today reminds us that what was, is & will be is framed by what we choose
May you all #ShineOn as 2017 arrives with potential promised


Inspired by this then becoming now …

 
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Reflexive leadership
embraces wonder fallibility reveals
wonder creativity awakens
creativity others’ spark nurtures
so we all shall shine


Inspired by leadership shared …

 
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Success striven
misses colours vivacious
each day adorn
Agendas segment
serendipity’s fluidity
that threads
wonder
then
now
to then again


Inspired by letting go …

 
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Abundance beckons with unbounded potential
With compassion & humility responding
we begin to affect the world
threading diversity resilient


Inspired by abundance embraced …

5
Rigid
voices spar
verbs maim
nouns maul
Yet yielding flexibility
invites innovative interpretation
as conflict collaboration acquiesces


Inspired by yielding grace …

 

 

 

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
Discord apathy’s song sings
distancing & dividing
you & me
In this our Now
3 kindness notes
a different harmony be


Inspired by kindness chosen …

 
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Fear’s mantras lull
dogs eating dog
fittest survive
out think or perish
Yet in verdant green
deep oceans blue
play constant redeems


Inspired by unexpected visitors …

 
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Knowledge
regardless of retention
irrespective of access
does not fulfilment bring
Within journey reflective
Self Other meets
& wisdom dawns


Inspired by dwelling within …

 
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Good Morning #Winnipeg
Distractions
whether money or power
bauble or toy
Yet always present
Her whisper ever beckons
to compassion awaken


Inspired by things that go beep …

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Being in this Now
present to truly see one another
requires an intentional orientation
to dispel control’s illusion that complacency weaves


Inspired by excuses released …

 

 

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Remember
joy in existence
Recall
life in satisfaction exquisite
Rise
resilience in connexion
Realise
peace in compassion
Respond
be Light


Inspired by responding …

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
Ever so fragile
gifts of Spark Divine
Ever so tenacious
legacy of Wisdom dawning
In paradox
we are potential dancing


Inspired by both/and dance …

 

 

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(Design) A Deacon’s Musing

We are excited to share that A Deacon’s Musing blog, which has been hosted here now has its own new website and social media platform! As the blog enters it’s tenth year, we hope this next step honours the engagement that has been a gift to experience and points forward to further opportunities to muse, reflect and act!

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(Blog) Verses: December 2016 Collection

This blog is a collection of our tweets from various accounts! In 140 characters, they are part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. We look forward to updating them on a monthly basis and we provide them with the hope that they may lead to reflection, musing and perhaps even discussion!

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How we long to be right
to be truth’s bearer
Yet …
it is in silence-She speaks
in listening-hearts soften
in paradox holding
we change


Inspired by paradox’ potential …

 
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Tale weavers
in narrative cyclical
us/them-right/wrong-antagonist/protagonist
Some thrive
others strive
In a moment
what if
they became we?


Inspired by hope in polarity …

 

 

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
Snow falls
water freezes
sun retreats
As fallow ground
Sabbath models
How shall we wait
reflect
act
to nurture anew?


Inspired by fallowing posture …

 
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One story
a rock I stand
alone
isolated
independently imagined
Another tale
as roots we bind
separate
intertwined
mutually mediated


Inspired by how we are & might be …

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We resist
deny
object
Yet in letting go
hearts open
hands unfurl
compassion guides
We witness others needs
& in releasing
one another lift


Inspired by illusions revealed …

 

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
Doubt not
you are meant
brightly blaze
Fear not
you are meant
joy ignite
Be not afraid
we are meant
light bear


Inspired by shadows’ mirror …

 
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Beyond the Now & insistent gratification
to When they inherit from us
how might wisdom nurtured
foster humility’s foresight
of legacy passed


Inspired by rashness harnessed …

 

 

 

 

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Fright’s fear
detracts dread’s wisdom
Each emotion
illumines learning paths untried
Deny that which we feel
diminishes that which we may be


Inspired by fear as teacher …

 
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Good Morning #Winnipeg
In Holy Days’ walk
competition’s purchase
distracts Season’s promise
With deep breath
as let go
know you are enough


Inspired by being enough …

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Hurt’s harm tenaciously tempts retaliation’s response
Replicating which was reproduces which is
To nurture what will
in letting go begins


Inspired by letting go …

 

 

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On day’s dawning
when Awakening beckons
seek space sacred
where harmony focuses
intention’s attention
to recognise in you stars shine


Inspired by Christmas Eve …

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
In Season Holy
as new life dances amidst shadows long
May dawning awaken
that in you is me
in me is you
#WeAreOne


Inspired by Christmas …

 

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(Blog) A Deacon’s Musing|Advent: Vignette|Shepherd

This blog was originally published
November 25, 2016 by Winnipeg Presbytery

Stories, Vignettes & the Archive

Stories … they’re funny things. This A Deacon’s Musing feature will share vignettes of voices that are (often) an amalgamation of experiences, contexts and people. They will frequently be monologues, which will be speaking both directly to our United Church of Canada and generally to faith communities. As with all stories, this may not have actually happened, but all stories are true. And as story-tellers know, once you hear them, they are happening to you …

Please explore the Vignette Archive for more stories.

The Flock

The Flock

I can only watch now. Too much pain in my right hip. I suspect it has everything to do with trying to hobble that wayward lamb that kept running off. We never like having to do it, but they’re just stubborn … I guess sort of like us, like me …

I rolled down that valley wall. It didn’t hurt too much when I slammed into that boulder! I was young: weren’t we all! But, as the years have passed, first the rains would make it flare and now, well, I watch the flock go and am left simply to remember.

I’m old, though my memory reaches back. We didn’t have it then. I’m not even sure we knew to look for it, need alone where. And now, years since he died, even further since he was born, people are writing stuff down, they say.

Never had much use for those who thought they were smarter with word keeping. Those who have, always will, Abba told us as we tended to flock. Sometimes, after weeks away from the markets, we took what we needed. The Centurions wouldn’t let us feed or water the herd. If they didn’t allow us to market, well, like I said, we didn’t have it before then so we did what had to feed ourselves, our kin and flocks.

I hear some are saying there were lights and stars, singing and rejoicing, even word keepers from afar. I don’t remember it that way, but then I’m old and does it really matter? We all got the same thing that night, so long ago, who cares how you dress the goat? It’s the quality of it’s health that matters!

Nothing seemed special that night. Those in Caesarea told them to round us up – a census or some such thing. We knew what it was. Gather them, brand them and hobble those who might wander. Hobble, of course, was code to make sure the trouble makers were under Caesar’s thumb!

Oh and it smarted. Already there were those who thought revolution was ordained, that to tolerate this was blasphemy. For most of us, though, it’s all we knew. Whether Greek or Roman, Egyptian or others who came before, we had always known the yoke. Sometimes we wore it, sometimes we didn’t, and we always found ways to celebrate Yahweh in our own way. If it wasn’t Caesar, it would be someone else, Abba used to say.

But that night – sorry these memories have a habit of taking me afield – it was normal, nothing special. Yet … there it was. Like when we would sing when we met other flocks. After the night settled, we’d gather, share the news. Then, if we sang and found that shared note, it was in you: harmony some call it. That was what that night was like.

Too many people everywhere – shepherds will take wolves over people. People are trying at the best of time, worse when they’re forced together. The town was crowded, so we waited outside. Soldiers had herded us too – they were watching. Sure, we were afraid, sometimes when the Romans gathered us, a little example could keep the yoke tight. That night, they watched.

Then there it was – birthing cries. The people kind, she was in pain and just outside of the town. So we went – when the mother cries, you reply, was another of His lines. There they were in one of the caves – they were lucky the Centurions had cleared it for the census or no one would a been born that night. As it was, there they were.

The Cave

The Cave

Nothing special, just like us. An abba and an imma. She was bearing – with those screams you would of thought the babe was breached as she straddled the cave entrance. Her arms holding her as she squatted. As we arrived, he looked worried as we approached – and why shouldn’t he? We were those people everyone avoided …

But … but she stopped screaming, boy popped out, a snip, a slap … a pause then he cried. Nothing special. So help me nothing special. We might have been singing before her screaming called us, but none after. Just silence, just normal nothing …

But … in the silence, we knew, but we didn’t … like that song thing again. We felt it, but there are no words. That wee baby, all covered in the muck of birth, was … special? Holy? Words, did I mention that I’m not really a fan?

Ah well, here’s the punchline. The hips flaring and I need to do something today other than sit, but before I go, are you wondering what it is we learned? I’ve thought about it for awhile, you know to get the right word, even if only for words sake.

In that desolate cave, outside a town where we were being gathered like sheep, where fear like sweat beads as the hot days gives way to the desert’s cool embrace, this little nothing baby had it: Hope.

Even now, while everyone it trying to figure it out, use words to make sense of it all years after his death, Hope abides. I don’t know what you need or where you are, as you listen to the words of an old man, but know this:

  • Hope means you got choices.
  • Hope means when you gather, you’re not alone.
  • Hope means, that even in fear, light comes in the morning.
  • Hope means when you hold one another, not only are you made whole, but your dreaming dreams shapes the future.

The rest, well let the word-keepers do as is their wont …

(Blog) Verses: November 2016 Collection

This blog is a collection of our tweets from various accounts! In 140 characters, they are part prayer, thought, reflection, challenge or something in-between. We look forward to updating them on a monthly basis and we provide them with the hope that they may lead to reflection, musing and perhaps even discussion!

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This blog was originally published
November 25, 2016 by Winnipeg Presbytery

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Wisdom’s awakening
invites us to reveal
paradox of who we are
It is in vulnerability embraced
that resilient strength
compassion emboldens


Inspired by compassion resilient …

 
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They say
hold tight
bound
bind
frame
fasten it
What if
we apparition abandoned
surrender clinging control
& trust
enough we are


Inspired by surrendering control …

 

 

 

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
On change’s cusp
shadows & light dance
illumining ambling paths
upward & downward
In pause’s potential
choice beckons


Inspired by potential’s pause …

 
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Fear’s chorus
binds us to what is
diminishing what might be
With courage embodied
sing bravely a different harmony
One that peace promises


Inspired by courage embodied …

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Remembering
From silence
courageous whisper calls
amidst atrocities’ tears
memory pleads
that which was
never more shall be
#LestWeForget


Inspired by silence whispering …

 

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
Where is your attention focused?
To whom do you listen?
Where does you energy & finance flow?
There allegiance lies


Inspired by allegiance explored …

 
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Stories
they abound
in pages flipped
& screens swiped
Some liberate
others oppress
What story stirs you
remembering the Light you are?


Inspired by shining light …

 

 

 

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Ego’s certainty
dances with
humility’s confidence
Though steps may glide
seemingly unison led
In listening’s role
one binds
& other frees


Inspired by humility’s endurance …

 
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Good Morning #Winnipeg
Amidst certainty’s conviction slogans
Lives unfold amidst shadows & ambiguity
In compassion doing
meaning is clear


Inspired by meaning in doing …

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Blaze
Poet writes
Be brightly beautiful
Welcome those who kindle you
Blaze
Poet pens
Be flaring light amidst shadow
illumining Other’s path


Inspired by brightly burning …

 

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As tears hang
sorrow hovers
She threads
In grief’s midst
loss’ anguish
She holds
Laughter
memory illumine brightens
holding both joy & hurt


Inspired by laughter’s salve …

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Good Morning #Winnipeg
In shades midst
again it arrives
In doubts presence
space is made
Expectant waiting
Light longing
sit
be Still
listen


Inspired by Advent’s arrival …

 

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