Advent Greetings


Dear Sisters,

During this advent season I pray I may rest and take the time to see the Holy all around me. This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. As I was reading the lessons for Sunday, I was particularly taken by these words in the New Testament reading in Isaiah 64:8, “yet, oh, Lord, you are our father. We are the clay, and you are our potter: we are all the work of your hand.”

I thought, when a time that I’ve seen the holy and not needed a photograph.
Every time I look into my grandchildren’s eyes, I experience seeing the holy. When I read “you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” my whole body responded. And I think to myself, they were molded “by his hands.” How blessed I am to experience seeing the holy every day, and the beauty of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Of course, as I sit in my rocker every morning, looking out into the woods, I know the holy is here with me and I am work of Her/His hands. I know I am loved. I am grateful for each of you and your presence in my life. In seeing each of you, praying with you, talking with you … that shimmering light in you brings the light of the holy into my life.
May we each find ourselves blessed by the presence of the holy this Advent.

Grateful,
PattiJoy

‘It is in this light that I sometimes see, though not often, another light that I call “the living light.” When and how I see this, I cannot say. But as long as I see this “living light” all sadness and anxiety are taken away from me. The result is that I feel like a simple young girl and not like an old lady.’

Hildegard of Bingen

𝒫𝑜𝑒𝓂𝓈 & 𝒫𝒽𝑜𝓉𝑜𝑔𝓇𝒶𝓅𝒽𝓈 (𝒸) 𝟤𝟢𝟤3
𝒫𝒶𝓉𝓉𝒾𝒥𝑜y

I tried to capture you
You alluded me
I smelled fresh moonlight
Felt your light bless me
And I wonder
Perhaps these moments
are just to be between us
Deep within
Held close in the tapestry
Of my inner being
Gazing at the moon
I am offered a window
to the unseen God
My heart opens
And gratitude flows
Knowing the Divine is not absent
But a living light
Shining in all beings.