GNL number 92

A report of doings at meeting #92, Friday, February 27, 2015
Including liturgical themes, major themes, and other odds and ends

INVOCATION

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
~~~Cesare Pavese

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
~~~Leonard Cohen


THEME

Gail, who had suggested this Skippy-Light meeting after we’d had to cancel 3 times for weather, opened our conversation on LIGHT with readings from thethaurutheth (entries from 2 thesauruses). And we were surprised by the multitude of meanings for the word. Then citing a recent example in her family that felt like light after a dark, difficult time, she described the strain she and Virginia had experienced when there were some school issues, and then with honest feedback, reaching a better understanding.

Cynthia spoke of seeing how important light has been to her in her art work, especially since being inside so much this winter (and it being much too cold to work out in the front porch’s nice light). So, feeling like she hasn’t been her creative self so much, and looking for other ways, she’s started rug-braiding again. Also, adding to Gail’s comments, Cyn noted how all relationships, not only parent-child, can benefit from such efforts toward openness and feedback.

Nancy’s first thoughts had been on varieties of Light, some of which felt like a 6-wordy: Love, Knowing, Truth, Grace, Home, Peace. And another: Dawn comes, out of darkness, light. Then, the idea of light, as especially important to her in photography (she showed some old window photos of hers), and in songs (she read some we used to sing to Jack in his last months, and another of her own). And she read some quotes reflecting her feelings. For which, see AFTERWORDS.


BENEDICTION

At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~~~Albert Schweitzer


NEXT TIME

Whenever, on Light Part II, or whatever you all want, in March!


AFTERWORDS

From Nancy:

Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the Light.
~~~Theodore Roethke

…a spark of divine light is within each of us.
~~~Pope Francis
Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge or reason.
~~~Pope Francis

And a song,

Walking through this cold and gray day,
I feel the light beneath the gray,
And it is like a Sabbath quiet,
Like the Sabbath rest I crave.
I used to wish I was an oak tree
Standing brave in wind and rain,
Limbs outstretched to light she’s praising,
Bends yet never turns away.
But I am born to walk to find it,
Find the light behind the gray;
Please come with me, let us try it,
We’ll walk slow and surely find it….
Soft,
Soft, now here it is,
The quiet.

Editor’s note:
We forgot to do our offering, so Nancy is sending a check to the Jack and Louise Daniels Peace Award Fund.

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