Ramona at Pleasures From the Page is hosting Spiritual Journey Thursday today. Her theme for today is “A Glad Heart”. Ramona shared some great questions:
Such great questions! What i immediately thought of was my grandmother’s favorite Bible quote:
Psalm 118:24, New King James Version:
“This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
She began everyday by saying it as prayer. It’s one I lean on every morning. I am so thankful that I am an early riser and that I witness the sunrise most mornings. This Psalm is part of that as well.
On my wall, I have this piece that I created a few years ago. It speaks to me much like the Psalm.
Gladness for me comes by following the seasons and being in nature. I have no favorite season, I love them all and love how each season unfolds into the next season. Like now, the leaves are transforming in colors and soon they will let go as we get deeper into autumn.
My Irish-Scottish Celtic roots are attuned to the solstices and equinoxes as well as what are called the cross-quarters: October 31(Samhain (SOW-in)), February 1(Imbolc or St. Bridg’s Day), May 1 (Belatine) and August 1 (Lughnasadh (LOO-na-saa). This was never more clear than when I traveled to Ireland and Scotland last year.
So it isn't a surprise to find this Celtic blessing:
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine upon your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near to you and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
A website that I really like and have followed since my trip is Abbey of the Arts which integrates contemplative spiritual practice and creative expression with monastic spirituality.
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